Friday, November 22, WriteGirl was at 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.
We share this honor with every volunteer, special guest, Bold Ink honoree and supporter who has embodied and elevated the WriteGirl mission, but we especially share this with our teen girls. Your voices lift us up every day, and we couldn’t be more proud to see the White House and the nation lifting you up in return.
UPCOMING EVENT: Come celebrate with us on Thursday, December 12, at Aventine restaurant in Hollywood. We need to raise a glass and share some White House stories with all of you!
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.
Public Events- Open for all
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 currently accept 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
or the past nine months, our girls have taken part in a jam-packed schedule filled with creative writing workshops, led by some of the most influential female writers in the community. With the guidance of these spectacular writers, our girls put their pens to the page and wrote songs, poems, short stories, and scenes. They blogged, they polished their public speaking skills, and they wrote custom Father’s Day poems for our WriteOn! Campaign. They expressed themselves creatively, and formed special bonds with their mentors through weekly meetings.