On Wednesday, March 24, Girls Write Now and Comcast NBCUniversal proudly teamed up for a Women’s History Month workshop through Girls Write Now’s college and career readiness program, Writing Works, giving young women and gender-expansive youth access and exposure to industries in need of their talents. Led by Girls Write Now, mentees had the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes experience at a major Mass Media and Entertainment company (Oxygen, Bravo, Syfy, Universal Pictures & more) and talk directly with talented professionals in the industry about career paths.
Tributes and Triumphs, an intergenerational workshop to honor this year’s theme “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced”, offered young writers, “mentees”, and Comcast NBCUniversal employees, “mentors”, the opportunity to write and learn about NBCU Celebrity Women—Leslie Jones, Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid, Kate McKinnon, Nia DaCosta, Lily Singh, Stephanie Beatriz, America Ferrera and more!—who show a commitment to voting rights activism in their work and refuse to be silenced.
Working together in small groups, mentors and mentees answered each other’s burning questions while creating tributes to admirable women on the NBCU celebrity roster. The beautiful homages reflect the importance of representation and highlight the authenticity, resilience and advocacy of the “honorees”.
Attendee Testimonials & Survey Stats
“Mentee For the Day” Attendees
Mentees for the day are young writers who joined the workshop to hear from and write with Comcast NBCUniversal professionals.
Mentees Before & After
Mentee attendees who have written a tribute to celebrate Women’s History Month: 180% increase
Mentee attendees who have industry exposure, especially as it relates to Entertainment and Mass Media: 100% increase
- Mentee attendees who have networked and made connections with professionals in the media industry: 62.5% increase
“[My favorite part of the workshop was] was being able to ask the burning questions that I had for people who work in their industry.”
“My favorite part of the workshop was hearing from the mentors and their career paths! It was super fun to learn how they paved their way, and how a career isn’t always linear, and what you study in college doesn’t always determine what you will do in the future.”
“[My favorite part of the workshop was] having the opportunity to praise women, with women in a strong community of women.“
“Mentor for the Day” Attendees
Comcast NBCUniversal employees acted as “Mentors for the Day”, writing letters to young writers from their unique professional experience.
More than 96% of Comcast NBCUniversal Employee respondents said:
- This workshop was a gratifying way to engage with youth
- This workshop was a good way to take a break from everyday life and destress a bit
- They enjoyed working in small groups with mentees
Comcast NBCUniversal Employees Before & After
- Mentor attendees who have written a tribute to celebrate Women’s History Month: 350% increase
- Mentor attendees who understand how youth from underserved communities are feeling and thinking about what’s going on in the worlds: 125% increase
- Mentor attendees who know about Girls Write Now programming and what the organization does: 145.5% increase
Comcast NBCUniversal Employee Testimonials
“[My favorite part of the workshop was] listening to Mentees. I haven’t talked to someone in high school in a while so it was refreshing to hear their perspective.“
“[My favorite part of the workshop was] writing a tribute with mentees, working all together to learn about an amazing female leader and celebrate her.“
“I loved hearing the mentee’s poem about her mother up top—it was so beautiful and inspiring! And it was so nice to connect with mentees in small groups. What a fun, engaging activity for Women’s History Month!“