Girls Write Now proudly hosted Letters to Young Writers in collaboration with Comcast NBCUnites to engage employees—Mentors for the Day—through letter-writing about their personal and professional journeys while learning about the experiences of diverse NYC youth.
Mentors were lead through writing exercises and prompts taking stock of their own emotions and experiences as adults in order for them to create a space to better communicate with the mentees they’d write letters to. To give voice to the mentees’ perspectives, mentors were able to hear from a Girls Write Now mentee alumna, Teresa Mettela about her journey with Girls Write Now from a mentee in high school to freelancing writing and photography while studying journalism in college. Employees also heard an empowering op-ed by Girls Write Now mentees about Generation Z’s place in today’s political and social turmoil as well as a graduating senior’s hopeful answer to the question “where do we go from here?” touching on the uncertainty, anxiety, and distress surrounding everyday life in 2020.
Mentor Testimonials & Survey Stats
- I think my favorite part was hearing from mentee Teresa and also hearing from different NYC youth trying to grabble with the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism. So proud of generation X—we are in such great hands. Happy to support the positive changes they want to make to and for the world.
- The speakers and facilitators did an excellent job presenting and leading discussions in a safe and engaging way. It was incredibly well produced with the use of videos and music and independent writing time for all. Great Zoom instructions ahead of time and throughout. I’m inspired to use some of the checking-in and writing prompts at work.
- I loved getting to hear from the mentees! It was cool to see how the program informed Teresa’s personality and confidence—proof there’s value in what’s being done at the organization!
Overall increases before and after the workshop:
- 77% increase in the number of mentors who felt they understood how youth from underserved communities are feeling and thinking about what’s going on in the world
- 115% increase in the number of mentors who felt like they have a way to make a positive impact on underserved youth during these challenging times after the workshop
- 418% increase in the number of mentors who felt they know about Girls Write Now’s programming and what the organization does