Write Girl » The Power of the Pen
Giving women and girls a voice is one of the most effective ways to advance the gender equality conversation. WriteGirl, a Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring organization, reminds us to never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen.
The teens involved focus on honing their writing skills while also learning critical thinking and leadership skills. More than 200 dedicated volunteers serve upwards of 500 girls annually.
Many of the young women in this program attend schools with more than 3,000 students. The counselor-to-student ratio in Los Angeles is 810 to 1 — one of the worst in the United States. In this setting, students are not receiving the individual help they need to navigate the unfortunate reality of abuse, neglect, depression and more.
The organization matches girls with professional female writers who mentor them. WriteGirl produces dozens of writing workshops, panel discussions and special events to help girls ignite their creativity and confidence to graduate high school and get into college.
Since 2001, an impressive 100 percent of graduating WriteGirl seniors have entered college, many on full or partial scholarships. The organization also runs in-school programs for underserved communities and in juvenile detention centers. For example, in 2017, a teen girl who had been incarcerated was accepted to two different colleges six months after release. She attributes this turnaround to her WriteGirl mentor and the generous resources available.
WriteGirl was honored in 2013 by Michelle Obama with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. It is an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH).
WriteGirl.org is an online resource for women who love to write and want to help. Visit them for more information on their board of directors, impact reports, testimonials and annual awards.