As Girls Write Now celebrates 20 years, we are proud to showcase our incredible seniors who have earned hundreds of acceptances to colleges around the nation — and even the world! Just a few schools where mentees are matriculating this fall: Columbia University, Kenyon College, and Oxford. At Girls Write Now, 100% of mentees go on to college, equipped with portfolios, skills, and confidence. We kicked off the program year working this summer with hundreds of teen girls to craft powerful personal essays and blaze their trails to bright futures.
We’re excitedly planning for the year, including enrolling 300 combined mentors and mentees — and bringing on board two talented new staffers: Director of Community Outreach Erica Silberman, a mentor alumna who has over a decade of program leadership at Girls Write Now; and Senior Community Outreach iemi Hernandez-Kim, mentee alumna, Class of 2006!
Says iemi: “Girls Write Now provided me with a scholarship to Columbia University’s summer program. I went to an HBO reading of the Def Poetry Jam. I read my work out loud to literally hundreds of people at major venues. More than 10 years later and I’m back — 28 years old and a pretty decent adult.”
We are overjoyed that this fall Tin House will be publishing Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices. The book showcases our talented mentees while tracing the evolution of feminist thought — what has changed, what hasn’t. It also includes wise words from Zadie Smith,Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, and AliceWalker. Teen Vogue and Kirkus give enthusiastic thumbs up. Books Are Magic & Girls Write Now mentor Emma Straub will host a launch party on October 17, 7-9 PM. Join us and pre-order the book today!
If you could ask the author of your favorite book one thing, what would it be? Mentee Maxx Carr, and fellow mentees, had the chance to find out when they were invited to the Tonight Show‘s Summer Reading Series. Mentees had a spirited meet and greet with Jimmy Fallon and guest, Tomi Adeyemi, author of The Children of Blood and Bone. Jimmy and Tomi shared laughs with mentees and signed books (generously supplied by Macmillan). Says Maxx about the evening: “This was incredibly significant for me as both a writer and a person.”
Shopping for back-to-school or just need a good gift? Support Girls Write Now by purchasing the super-empowering 2019 calendar, The Future is Female (Workman Publishing), along with books that feature mentee writing and support our programs, including A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State (Hippocampus Press); Nevertheless We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage (Knopf); and of course Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices (Tin House).