“The girls were truly inspiring and the work they were able to showcase was phenomenal. I was nowhere near that put together with my writing at their age — I can really see the amazing impact Girls Write Now is having on the future.” – Kayla Conti, 2016 QWERTY Digital Exhibition panelist
In Girls Write Now’s cutting edge Digital Media Mentoring Program, girls create at the intersection of language, technology, and art. The professional women in media who serve as mentors support teens as they explore writing through video and audio production, interaction design, creative programming, animation, and more.
The QWERTY Digital Media Exhibition showcases innovative genre- and medium-bending work by NYC teens. Keynote guest speakers included writer, editor and public speaker Ashley C. Ford, Executive Communications Senior Associate at Google Kayla Conti, black feminist culture writer for Revelist Evette Dionne, and Girls Write Now mentor and Digital Producer Bec Susan Gill.
QWERTY is the culmination of Girls Write Now’s 2016 Digital Media Mentoring Program in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design. This program is made possible with leadership funding from the New York City Council STARS Citywide Girls Initiative, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, News Corp, Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In Our Words
See what Digital Media Mentoring mentee Bernadette Benjamin had to say about her experience emceeing QWERTY.
The Program That Encourages Girls To Speak Out About What It’s Really Like To Be a Teenager, Nationswell, July 13, 2016
Girls Write Now Exhibitors
Diamond Abreu, Gravitational Waves; Bernadette Benjamin, MVI; Thasfia Chowdhury, Immigrant; Nyasiah Colon, Eun, Park, Kyung?; Gia Deeton, Houseplant Haiku; Kathryn Destin, One Body to Love; Chanelle Ferguson, Moment of Silence; Grace Garcia, Discovering a New World; Denice Griffith, Roman Holiday; Masfi Khan, About a Lemon Tree; Xena Leycea Bruno, BLANEX; Caroline Lin, The Nature of NYC; Nataly Marte, Surviving; Tasha McCalla, Rosalyn’s Scrapbook; Julissa Nunez, Hillary vs. Bernie: Race for the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination; Veronica Quiroga, These Streets; Gia Ramos, 3 Worlds; Arnell Reid, Let’s Play Otome Matchmaker; Glafira Shanabrook, In The Blues; Naomi Silverio, Honesty; Lila Tan, Cat Poetry Slams; Khalilah Wise, Beacon Free; Sharon Young, Stop and Smell the Flowers