WriteGirl Seeks Women Writers to Volunteer
On Saturday May 11th, WriteGirl will be holding a mid-season volunteer training to welcome new mentors to the program. If you are interested in volunteering for WriteGirl in any capacity, we welcome you to join us! We'll have food, writing activities, and lots of information on how to get involved. There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities, based on your interests and skills, and you'll learn specific techniques for mentoring teen girls.
Download Application here (PDF)
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
10:30am - 4:30pm
Eagle Rock Vicinity
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 213-253-2655 for more information.
welcomes energetic women of diverse professional backgrounds.
you a writer and would like to help a
girl find her creative voice? Are you
someone with strong communication skills
and would like to support our program?
Interested in joining a vibrant community
of women? We are looking for volunteers
to help on each of our eight teams:
• one-on-one mentoring
• public relations
• event planning
• curriculum development
• membership communications
• administrative support
With more than 20 major events annually and a growing
membership of women and girls, WriteGirl can utilize
any and all skills you may have to offer. Mentor a girl,
help us promote our publications, co-produce a workshop
or fundraising event, write press releases, design event
flyers, help with member communications. We will do
our best to match your skills, interests and availability
with our needs. You don’t have to be a professional
writer, but all volunteers must have tenacious communication
skills and a desire to help support the growth and development
of this new organization serving teen girls.
are required to attend a training and orientation session
(usually held monthly) to learn more about the organization’s
goals and needs, meet some of the WriteGirl leadership,
gain some specific tenacious communication skills and
get answers to your burning questions. We will help you
identify the most effective volunteer role for you within
one of the eight teams listed above. All activities,
whether highly visible or completely behind-the-scenes,
directly impact the women and girls of WriteGirl and
the quality of their experiences.
WriteGirl volunteers are asked to actively participate
at all WriteGirl events, including our full-day workshops
during the season (one Saturday each month, October–May),
public readings and fundraising events, and to attend
organizational meetings as needed. Some volunteer tasks
can be accomplished entirely through email and the internet,
but we still want to see you regularly and get to know
Minimum time commitment for all volunteers: 4 hours
How to apply (download pdf)
Volunteer Spotlight: One-on-One Mentoring
As a one-on-one mentor, you will meet with your mentee weekly
at a coffee shop, community center or library convenient to
her. Sessions usually last about an hour, and are entirely
focused on writing. We will provide you with a wide variety
of writing ‘experiments’ (‘exercises’
sound too much like work!) at your initial training and at
every workshop throughout the season (October – June)
for you to try with your mentee. We will also equip you with
plenty of tools and skills to be an effective writing mentor
to a girl, helping her to find her voice, put her creative
ideas on paper and present her work in public. Together, you
will both learn about new writing genres, as well as develop
your communication and critical thinking skills.
One-on-one weekly mentors are accepted and matched by WriteGirl’s
Mentoring Advisors after reviewing applicants’ expertise,
experience, availability and other relevant information. Matching
of pairs usually takes place at our monthly workshops, when
both partners are present.
WriteGirl provides ongoing training and support for all mentors to help make
the most of these rewarding partnerships.
we realize that one-on-one mentoring requires a significant
commitment, we ask all mentors to also participate on one of
our eight volunteer teams, even in some small capacity. We’ve
found that involvement on a team is the best way for you to
get to know other members, and also for us to get to know you – that’s
the “community” part of the community of WriteGirl!
By the way, if the commitment of weekly mentoring is not for
you, we always need one-on-one mentors at our monthly workshops
Spotlight: Public Relations
WriteGirl is full of energy and inspiration! And we always love to spread the word about our innovative approaches and successful outcomes! WriteGirl obtains media coverage through local, regional and national media outlets. We also need to promote our events and the sales of our books, so we can reach more girls. We have already developed an extensive array of media materials, including a website, media kit with clippings, press releases, so you'll have plenty of promotional materials (and a group of wonderful people) to work with. Help us raise WriteGirl's profile and generate greater support of our program. Sarah Leonard, professional public relations executive and volunteer: "It's so rewarding to use my professional skills to be part of a cause I believe in - empowering young girls. Even though I am not a mentor, I share the success and pride of the group when I see our WriteGirls thrive."
What if you don’t live in Los Angeles?
If you share the goals of WriteGirl but are not currently
living in Los Angeles, you may be able to find a local mentoring
organization where you could volunteer by visiting: www.mentoring.org
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