CNN Hero: Keren Taylor
WriteGirl Executive Director Keren Taylor has been chosen as a CNN Hero! Watch the segment and find the full story on CNN here!
Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen!
On Friday, November 22, WriteGirl went to the White House to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor awarded to such programs. Executive Director Keren Taylor and mentee Jacqueline Uy, age 16, personally accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama.
This is our pivotal moment – our opportunity to shine on the national stage and raise our profile to garner the resources we need to thrive and sustain WriteGirl well into the future.
Within a community of women writers, WriteGirl promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls.
How We Do It
Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly creative writing workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot topics for great writing in all genres from professional women writers. Workshops and mentoring sessions explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, songwriting, journalism, screenwriting, playwriting, persuasive writing, journal writing, editing and more.
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LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
April 12 & 13, 2014
Apply your professional skills, explore your personal passions, and make a difference in a young woman’s life. All you need are tenacious communication skills, a love of writing and the willingness to show up. We are currently accepting volunteer applications.
Did you know? The dropout rate for high school students in Los Angeles hovers around 50%.
At WriteGirl, we match girls with women writers who mentor them in creative writing. Every year, we produce dozens of workshops, panel discussions and special events to help girls get creative, get through high school and get to college!
Many of our teens attend schools with over 3,000 students. The counselor to student ratio in Los Angeles of 810:1 is one of the worst in the country. We know they aren't getting the individual help they need.
This spring, one of our teens who had been incarcerated just six months ago, was accepted to two colleges, thanks to help from her WriteGirl mentor and WriteGirl resources!
Many of our girls face tremendous challenges including abuse, neglect, depression and much more. A caring role model can change their lives and indeed has changed many lives!
We have amazing volunteers. We counted - our volunteers collectively donate 2,000 hours EVERY MONTH to help girls. They are poets, songwriters, journalists (yes, they are creative, too!), screenwriters, novelists...
We have great partners. Some of most creative institutions in Los Angeles host our workshops every month, such as:
- The Autry Museum
- The Los Angeles Times
- The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Essay written by WriteGirl mentee Janel, 12th grade:
Three years ago, if anyone had asked me to read my poetry aloud in front of an audience, I would have laughed and politely declined. I was hardly comfortable sharing my written work with others, let alone getting up on a stage and performing the poetry I had scribbled into my journal and tucked away for safekeeping.
This all changed when I joined WriteGirl.
The WriteGirl Poetry Workshop successfully used a creative atmosphere, encouragement from mentors, and special guest presenters to empower young girls to write different types of poetry. Over 60 teen girls explored the art of crafting poems as they learned about stanzas, rhyming, forms and techniques.