On Thursday, June 17, Girls Write Now joined the employees of ViacomCBS for wellness and professional development 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.
At this workshop, mentees and ViacomCBS employees shifted their perspectives by taking a little time to reflect and refuel. They practiced gratitude writing and wrote thank you letters to someone who has championed them! If you have ever received a thank you letter, or simply been thanked, you know how it can brighten your mood and make you feel appreciated. Writing one has the same effect. At this workshop, mentees learned what it’s like working at a major Mass Media company (CBS news, 60 Minutes, Survivor, The Equalizer, etc.) and listened to the professional journeys of ViacomCBS employees, bringing questions about college majors, career choices, and life!
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 ViacomCBS professionals.
Mentees Before & After
Mentee attendees who had the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with a media professional: 400% increase
Mentee attendees who have written a letter of gratitude as a wellness technique: 233.33% increase
- Mentee attendees who have had industry exposure by learning about the professional journeys of ViacomCBS employees: 400% increase
- “I loved my breakout room session! The ViacomCBS employees gave great advice about navigating the workplace.”
- “My favorite part of the workshop was being comfortable with my mentors for the day and getting to bond about things we had in common. As well as keeping in mind to be my own cheerleader to encourage myself that ‘I did that!'”
- “I enjoyed hearing about ViacomCBS employees’ college journey and how they balance their passions with their job(s).”
“Mentor for the Day” Attendees
ViacomCBS employees acted as “Mentors for the Day”, writing letters to young writers from their unique professional experience.
ViacomCBS Employees Before & After
- Mentor attendees who understand how youth from underserved communities are feeling and thinking about what’s going on in the world: 11.1% increase
- Mentor attendees who practiced gratitude as a wellness technique: 33.33% increase
- Mentor attendees who feel like they have a way to make a positive impact on underserved youth during these challenging times: 100% increase
ViacomCBS Employee Testimonials
“[This was] such a great session. From getting to know more about Girls Write Now, to future events on how to get involved, the breakout sessions were great. Also, actively writing a letter and sharing it was powerful not only for the mentees, but for us to remind us, how much we have accomplished and that we can be a source of inspiration, as we were all young once and learning how to navigate the ‘brave big world‘.”
“I loved hearing from Sheyla about her experience with GWN… I also enjoyed being in the break-out rooms and hearing from other mentees. Really, it was just lovely to hear from so many cool young people from underserved communities. It’s corny to say, but it gives me hope for our collective future.“