Youth Board members use their writing talents and unique Girls Write Now experience to provide critical support and feedback in curriculum development, digital media, community building, college prep, and more. The Youth Board is a platform for teens to demonstrate their leadership skills, sharpen their professional edge, and engage in the growth of the mentee community, both past and present. Only active or alum mentees can be members of the Girls Write Now Youth Board.
Youth Board members are Girls Write Now ambassadors: they represent and are advocates for the next generation of female voices. Whether you’re a current mentee or an alum, serving on the Youth Board is a great way to give back to our community and get to know Girls Write Now through new eyes. As an emerging youth leader, it is also an opportunity for you to play an integral role in shaping our programs and to build your own professional resume.
So how can YOU get involved?
- Think about your experience as a mentee with Girls Write Now. What were the most rewarding aspects? What there something about your experience that could have been better?
- Then think about what skills you have to offer — and what skills you hope to build — as a member of the Youth Board, and what part of the Girls Write Now program would fit with those interests. When you’re ready, fill out the GWN Youth Board application.
Key Initiatives or Events/Timing
Youth Board members are critical partners in the planning and execution of Girls Write Now initiatives and events, including the genre workshops, the CHAPTERS Reading Series, the Girls College Bound Program, the Digital Media Mentoring Program, and other special events. The Youth Board will also have the opportunity to propose and launch — as individuals and collaborators — projects they feel will contribute to their own development as leaders and to the growth of the Girls Write Now community.
The Youth Board works closely with Program Staff and members of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC), depending on their project interests and availability.
Depending on project interests, planning meetings once a month; Youth Board meetings once every 2 months. The Youth Board is also asked to volunteer for approximately four workshops or special events each year.
Please complete the application below and include any additional documents you’d like us to see (resume, portfolio, etc.). If you have additional questions about the Youth Board or the application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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