Girls Write Now mentors underserved young women and gender non-conforming youth to find their voices through the power of writing and community.
Girls Write Now serves a culturally and educationally diverse community of girls and gender non-conforming youth (mentees) — 90% of color, 70% immigrant or first generation, 25% LGBT/non-conforming, and 90% high need. 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 lifelong mentors and role models. We also welcome them into a diverse community working closely to navigate their professional and personal goals.
We offer multimedia and multigenre workshops taught by expert Teaching Artists where mentee-mentor pairs dive deep into various writing and digital genres, allowing them to improve upon and discover what type mediums they enjoy most. Girls Write Now also provides college and career preparation while exposing mentees to relevant industries. Mentees are 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.
Operating at the intersection of literature, art, and technology, Girls Write Now serves more than 600 mentees annually through our core programs. We are also a founding member of the STARS Citywide Girls Initiative, collectively reaching more than 5,000 girls and gender non-conforming youth in every single district of New York City.
As the first writing and mentoring organization for girls and gender non-conforming youth, Girls Write Now has been a nationally award-winning leader in arts education for over 20 years, and continues to innovate ways to elevate voices that are often not heard — or worse, silenced.
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 senior mentees go to college armed with writing and multimedia portfolios and a strong sense of self — more than half with awards and scholarships. 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 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Girls Write Now has a long track record of collecting quantitative and qualitative data showing successful outcomes from our programs, most dramatically for those with the highest need.
There is a market demand for stellar communication and Girls Write Now is meeting it, making girls and gender non-conforming youth creative thinkers, clear writers, and competitive candidates for the trails they choose to blaze.
TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS
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. Girls Write Now has received the Youth INC Innovators Award, NBCUniversal’s 21st Century Solutions prize for social innovation through media arts, and the Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) People’s Choice nomination. At the close of the Obama administration, Girls Write Now received the White House Champion of Change Award for creating opportunities for girls from marginalized communities so that all young people can reach their full potential.
Girls Write Now is regularly named as a top place to volunteer by Time Out New York, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and more; and has been covered by countless other news outlets like the The Nation, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, ABC Good Morning, Glamour, Elle, Upworthy, and more.
As we embark on our third decade, we believe our mission has never been more relevant. Girls Write Now is committed to working with the larger community to rise above the race and income-based inequalities of the nation’s school system and workforce. We are currently rolling out an ambitious strategic growth plan, created with input from 100+ stakeholders. The plan outlines our initiatives to expand the number of people we serve; deepen our programming through integration of creative, critical, and digital skilbuilding; and expand our alumnae services to support girls and gender non-conforming youth through college and career — creating a pipeline to the industries in need of their talents.