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.
During a crisis, Girls Write Now’s programs are especially relevant and in demand. We offer a safe space, inspired curriculum, and welcoming community that, now more than ever, are essential to the development of the next generation of leaders. In short, no matter what happens, we are a home for thousands of multigenerational writers—from throughout the five boroughs and originally from around the world.