“I had never heard someone say, ‘Your story is beautiful’.”
– Karla Kim, 17 years old
At a recent Girls Write Now event, I watched a girl step up to the microphone for the first time and read her own poem, hearing the power of her voice as hundreds of audience members listened on. It was a breakthrough moment.
As New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls, for 15 years we have broken through the barriers of gender, race, and poverty, challenging educational inequalities in neighborhoods across New York City. This holiday season, as we close out our milestone anniversary year, I hope you will make a donation to help launch Girls Write Now into a new era.
Girls Write Now has an impressive track record of success. In a city where only 29 percent of students are college ready, we send 100 percent of our high school seniors on to college–with portfolios, publications, and confidence. In 2013, our girls won 40 competitive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and 44 percent of our seniors earned college scholarships.
In today’s changing media landscape, Girls Write Now continues to innovate, paving the way for tomorrow’s writers. This fall, in partnership with The New School University, we launched a new mentoring program empowering girls to explore the intersection of writing and digital media.
Our work has already transformed the lives of nearly 5,000 girls. Please join me in celebrating Girls Write Now and help us reach our goal of $100,000 by December 31st. Together, we can write the future, one girl at a time.
Girls Write Now Founder & Executive Director