I started writing this blog as I wanted to feature women that can inspire the younger generation through their wisdom, grace and remarkable work. A few months ago, I stumbled upon an organization that does just that. Pairing professional female authors and writers with high school-aged girls for a nine month long mentorship, WriteGirl is helping Los Angeles teens cultivate self-confidence and creativity through a variety of writing ventures. The girls meet with their mentors for monthly workshops with a guided curriculum focusing on a specific genre, such as poetry, fiction, journalism or songwriting. They then meet one-on-one during the week to continue refining the girl's work, challenging them to expand and reach beyond their first draft to find new ways to express themselves, resulting in beautifully written work. At the end of the year, their writing is incorporated into an annual anthology, meaning that the girls become published authors! Now, here was an organization that embraced so much of what I adored that I wanted to get involved.
You can go to the WriteGirl website to see more about this wonderful organization and the impact they are having on teen girls here in Los Angeles. For example, in their 10 years in Los Angeles, WriteGirl has been able to place 100% of its mentees into college. 100%!! That number almost doesn't seem real, especially in a city with a 50% dropout rate, but it is. Check out WriteGirl and make sure to like their Facebook page.
The executive director, Keren Taylor, is a remarkable women and she describes her goals for the organization and their accomplishments in the video below. I hope you'll take a moment to check out the video and please feel free to leave a comment below if you'd like to know how you can get involved.