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, 2013, 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, age 17
Gender inequality has existed in every nation and every period in history. But here at WriteGirl, we are committed to joining the effort to stop gender inequality now. We want to encourage our girls, women, and male friends and supporters to stand and unite ourselves as Feminists against gender discrimination. We want to propagate equal opportunity for the masses and ensure that no one gender is neglected.
Jacqueline, age 17
"Working together, we can bring equality to the sexes. Girls around the world should be allowed an education, a chance to express themselves using pen and paper. Writing is important to ending gender inequality, because our voices sometimes fail us. Our voices, it turns out, we can sometimes best express through the written word."