Girls Write Now serves 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. These underserved teens, who have long been negatively impacted by the lack of resources and opportunities in public schools, face significant challenges to educational and professional success. They often lack the guidance and support from a consistent, caring adult, and most come to Girls Write Now with low confidence in their talents and accomplishments. Unfortunately, in our city and our country, girls of color are rarely given the guidance, care, and systemic support they need to graduate from high school and access viable college or career opportunities, perpetuating cycles of poverty and disempowerment.
Girls Write Now is uniquely positioned to help correct these longstanding inequalities.
A television writer and a high school student unpack laptops at a coffee shop and debate narrative structure. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist breaks down her technique to an audience of eager young women and gender non-conforming youth. A writer finally gets the cadence of her poem just right and her heart beats a little faster with pride. This is Girls Write Now.
Girls Write Now pairs underserved young women and gender non-conforming youth with professional writers as their lifelong mentors and role models. We welcome teens into a diverse community working closely with them to navigate their professional and personal goals.
Operating at the intersection of literature, art, and technology, we offer multimedia and multi-genre workshops taught by expert Teaching Artists for mentor/mentee pairs to dive deep into a wide range of creative, digital, and critical writing building a diverse set of skills and portfolio of work. Girls Write Now also provides college and career preparation while exposing mentees to relevant industries. Mentees publish their written and digital pieces in our award-winning anthologies and present them to a large and enthusiastic audience each Spring. Combined with our wellness wraparound services, we inspire women and gender non-conforming youth to share their craft, find their voices, and tell their stories.
- Writing 360 Program
- Writing Works Program
- STARS Citywide Girls Initiative
- Girls Write Now Live, Friday Night Salons & Publications