Grantee Goes to the White House!

The Brooklyn Community Foundation congratulates Girls Write Now for receiving the 2009 Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The Brooklyn Community Foundation began supporting GWN in 2005 and continues to support their programming serving Brooklyn girls as part of its Education and Youth Achievement Fund.

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the prestigious award to Executive Director, Maya Nassbaum and third-year Girls Write Now mentee Tina Gao on November 4, 2009. The award distinguishes Girls Write Now as one of the top 15 youth arts and humanities organizations in the country.

Created in 1998 by founder and Executive Director Maya Nussbaum, Girls Write Now has blossomed from an all volunteer run organization serving 20 at risk high school girls to a nationally recognized mentoring organization supporting 40 mentor-mentee pairs. Girls Write Now partners with young women ages 13-21 to provide them with the opportunity to work with a mentor for one year (or more) and expand their natural writing talents, develop independent creative voices, and build confidence in making healthy choices in school, career, and life.

All girls create a seven-genre portfolio that can be used for English classes, college essays, job searches and building self esteem. In addition to providing a rigorous mentoring program, Girls Write Now also sponsors a writing workshop, a reading series and college counseling sessions.

Follow Tina Gao's Journey!  and see how the Brooklyn Community Foundation Education and Youth Achievment Fund--with its amazing nonprofit partners--can help make a difference in the lives of Brooklyn's youth!