Friday, May 2, 2014

Feel Good Friday - WriteGirl

"Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen!" 

That advice comes from today's Feel Good Friday organization, WriteGirl.

I learned of the organization when I read this article about WriteGirl's founder, Keren Taylor on the CNN Heroes website

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The quick summary - in 2001, Keren was laid of from her job as a sales executive and she used that life change as an opportunity to launch WriteGirl, "a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls." 

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Girls are paired with professional writers and meet with them weekly in the Core Mentoring Program. Girls can also attend monthly creative writing workshops. In the workshops, the girls "explore poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, songwriting, journalism, screenwriting, playwriting, persuasive writing, journal writing, editing and more."

In the last 12 years, 100% of program participants have both graduated from high school and gone to college  To date that's around 500 girls! WriteGirl has published a dozen anthologies of the girls' writing, which you can buy here, and in 2013, Michelle Obama presented the group with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award!

To learn more visit their website, watch some short videos and like their Facebook page to stay in the loop.

Write on, WriteGirl!

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