Girls Write Now mentors underserved young women to find their voices through the power of writing and community.
We Are Mentoring The Next Generation of Women Writers
Giving girls a voice
This is exactly what young writers learn at Girls Write Now. Through one-to-one mentoring, performances, and publications, we have been cultivating girls’ voices for nearly two decades. Girls are growing up in a time when educational inequalities and gender disparities prevail. The disparity starts early on, as girls typically receive less attention than boys do in school. It intensifies when women’s issues are relegated to a narrow platform rather than approached as human rights. Women—especially women of color—are underrepresented as leaders and awardees within many fields, from government, Wall Street to Hollywood. Girls Write Now models the possibility that a woman is always sitting at the head of the table, and her voice is the strongest. Girls Write Now is committed to changing lives, one girl at a time.
The power of mentoring
About one in five American youth do not have a caring adult in their lives. At Girls Write Now, we are changing that through one-to-one mentoring. The results? Great success as lifelong bonds are formed that directly impact the trajectory of a girl’s life; a mentor is the most important factor for positive youth development. That’s why we make it a priority to spearhead and incorporate best practices from the most successful mentoring programs for underserved youth: Target teen girls most likely to benefit, use rigorous approaches to screen and train mentors, clearly articulate program goals and expectations, and provide individualized and comprehensive support for each mentor-mentee pair.
Championing diverse voices
Women’s voices of all ages are sorely underrepresented in the public sphere. There is a demand for diverse voices that tell stories that are otherwise not heard. Though women earn nearly 60% of bachelor’s and graduate degrees, women receive only 15% of op-ed bylines. As shown in “The Count,” a VIDA: Women in Literary Arts study, men are published three to four times as often as women in top literary journals. To increase the number of women’s voices in the public discourse—and provide platforms for these stories—Girls Write Now creates a safe space where girls can develop their strong, unique voices, and contribute to the conversation.
In a city where 40% of high school students fail to graduate on time, and only 31% are shown to have proficient writing skills, Girls Write Now offers a robust curriculum that prepares them for life after high school, with 100% of our seniors going on to college. Girls Write Now helps fill a critical gap caused by severe cuts to arts and writing instruction and services, overcrowded classrooms, and a narrow focus on improving test scores. With businesses spending billions annually on remedial writing support, Girls Write Now is preparing our girls with an added edge as they enter the workforce.