by kate Meersschaert
"Girls Write Now (GWN) is a fifteen-year-old nonprofit dedicated to mentoring young, underserved female writers. Unlike other after-school programs, GWN combines both mentorship from older professional women and an emphasis on developing outstanding writing skills. Also, GWN's track record of success is unusually high for a nonprofit. One-hundred percent of GWN seniors graduate from high school and go on to college, with many receiving partial or full scholarships as a result of their work with the program. GWN has been recognized by group's ranging from the White House to NBC Nightly News. I.N.C. called the group "one of the most enterprising nonprofits improving the lives of New York City youth." While success might be defined by quantitative results, qualitatively the program also serves a broader mission, to improve the lives of young women in NYC. Long an underserved group, young women are often especially vulnerable to the cycle of poverty, early pregnancy, and violenceand GWN offers distinctive resources to help prevent this cycle from continuing."