“I’m forever grateful to Girls Write Now. The transition from my home in the Bronx to Ithaca College was difficult, but I looked to Girls Write Now and could always count on my mentor, Rachel.”
– Lashanda Anakwah, Mentee Alum and Writing Major, Ithaca College
With Rachel, her dedicated mentor, by her side, Lashanda discovered her voice and the guts to tell her story. Armed with skills and confidence, Lashanda wrote her way to the college of her dreams, and will graduate this spring with a writing degree.
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Rachel recently visited Lashanda at Ithaca College, and reflected on their pair sessions through the years that led to this point. Here is one memory from a late night Google Chat exchange over a memoir piece Lashanda was submitting to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:
1:16 a.m. Rachel: how’s it going?
1:17 a.m Lashanda: good. but i feel bad. hope ur not waiting for me.
1:19 a.m. Rachel: it’s ok. i want to see this through.
1:20 a.m. Lashanda: aw!
Lashanda would win the Scholastic Art & Writing Award Gold medal for her piece. Let’s change lives together, one girl at a time.
Girls Write Now Founder and Executive Director