For more than two decades, the nationally award-winning nonprofit Girls Write Now has broken down the barriers of gender, race, age, and poverty, elevating the voices of writers who are too often not heard—or worse, silenced.
Girls Write Now is New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls and gender non-conforming youth. The organization has been distinguished three times by the White House as one of the nation’s top after school programs, and twice by the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as one of New York City’s top ten nonprofits.
Serving a culturally and educationally diverse community of girls and gender non-conforming youth (mentees) — 90% of color, 90% high need, 75% immigrant or first generation, and 25% LGBTQ+/gender non-conforming—Girls Write Now mentors underserved young women to find their voices through the power of writing and community.
Girls Write Now consistently demonstrates that our approach is effective in turning around the high rate of failure often experienced by economically disadvantaged young women and gender non-conforming youth due to systemic inequality and injustice. 100% of our seniors go to college armed with multi-genre/multimedia portfolios and a strong sense of self. Our mentees are published in outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, BuzzFeed, and our award-winning anthologies; perform at Lincoln Center and the United Nations; and earn hundreds of awards and scholarships.
When our young writers share their stories, they have the power to change minds, heal communities and impact the world. At Girls Write Now, we believe it is our responsibility to be leaders in modeling action that supports the next generation and ensures that together we are well equipped to better our current realities and…
Girls Write Now is seeing unprecedented growth and engagement as we mentor hundreds
more underserved young women and gender-nonconforming youth with accessible, uninterrupted digital programming forged in an award-winning curriculum. In response to COVID-19, Girls Write Now pivoted overnight, mobilizing our stakeholders, and maximizing our resources to provide an expanded and enriched summer program that is meeting the highest demand we’ve seen in over 20 years. As a result, our digital presence has never been more energized with a global reach that is growing exponentially. Here are the numbers to prove it.