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!
“WriteGirl is an excellent program where I learned to express myself and let my voice rise. I learned to let my feelings flow and not hide anything.”
– Eva, age 15
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.
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. Learn more
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
Want to hear the real voices of WriteGirl?
Read our blog written entirely by WriteGirl mentees.
Sharmin and Joy, Ages 16
WriteGirl Summer Interns
If you’re anything like us interns here in the WriteGirl office, you probably know how difficult it can be to prevent errors while writing essays for school, work, or creative pieces in general. Every single person who has ever written a formal paper has made unnecessary mistakes. And we don’t blame you; English can be a confusing language! So for those of you who continually struggle with the rules of writing, worry no more! We have created grammar guide for those of us who keep making the same mistakes with punctuation and grammar with a special focus on apostrophes and the active and passive voice; so none of you WriteGirls will be deterred to write creative writing pieces due to an inexplicable fear of making grammatical mistakes.