Please Help The Girls of Girls Write Now Become the Women Writers of Tomorrow

Like some of you, I have been outraged, moved, inspired and deeply saddened by the series by Andrea Elliot in The New York Times this week, "Invisible Child." Elliot spent a year with a young girl named Dasani, homeless like 22,000 other children in one of the wealthiest cities on the planet, and told her story. Reading this series, however, also renewed my deep commitment to one of the most important organizations, I believe, that professional women writers can support: Girls Write Now, which helps girls like Dasani tell their stories for themselves. (I am GWN's board chair.)

As the only organization in New York that pairs high-need, at-risk girls with professional women writers as their mentors, Girls Write Now gives voice to the invisible girls--90% of them girls of color, 20% of them immigrants, and 66% of them living below the poverty level--of our society, teaching them to respect themselves, their stories and their words enough to write out loud and author change in their own lives.

These girls need your help. GWN has expanded its services to provide a panel of therapists to support the girls and their mentors as issues arise, to train them to create digital content, and to successfully apply to college. (100% of them do.) But without the support of men and women who refuse to look the other way as a huge part of our population is silenced and left behind, Girls Write Now cannot continue its important work.

Nothing I can say, of course, is more powerful than listening to the girls in their own words. Please, take a minute to listen to Dani Green read her moving poem "Dear Kanye, January 14", from our CHAPTERS reading series in 2012. And if you want to hear more from Dani and girls like her in the world, please give

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Comment by Kamy Wicoff on December 17, 2013 at 9:19am

Thank you SO much for all the support and incredibly warm and generous responses. There isn't a way to easily start chapters outside of NYC at the moment, but Girls Write Now is currently working on putting together its methods and curriculum in a way that other cities and communities can do just that. I promise to keep you posted. This is an organization I'll be dedicated to for the long haul.

Comment by Jean P. Moore on December 17, 2013 at 7:57am

You are so right, Kamy. The NYT series on Dasani was heartbreaking and hopeful--ultimately leaving the reader wanting TO DO something! GWR sounds like such an incredibly worthwhile undertaking. I am eager to help!

Comment by Karen Devaney on December 16, 2013 at 1:55pm

Yes I too was deeply moved by the Invisible Child and Dani's presentation her plea is remarkable.  I predict she will be a writer to recon with up there with Alice Walker.  I am not able to give financially now as I have no employment at the moment.  What I would like to do is raise awareness and to open a chapter here in California.  Let me know how I can begin to do this--I have organized projects like this before on  a much smaller scale.  This organization is needed throughout the world!  Karen

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