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Mentoring is one way you can help girls explore their voices

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'Girls Write Now' wants to give underserved girls a way to write their own futures

Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now is the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls. The Girls Write Now program serves all the boroughs of New York City, with young girls being partnered with mentors who help them with everything from crafting their own personal writing to applying for college.

On May 19, Girls Write Now hosted an award ceremony honoring author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ABC Nightline news co-anchor JuJu Chang and Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times book review.

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I don't think there is any greater calling than mentorship and teaching. We owe it to young girls to support them, encourage them, teach them what we know and give them every opportunity to follow their dreams and succeed in their chosen field.

We live in a world where only 15 percent of op-eds are written by women, and only five percent of US films are written by women. Programs like Girls Write Now give young girls a chance to explore the field of writing, hone their craft and receive mentorship, guidance and support from professional women writers. You can support Girls Write Now by donating at their website here.

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