Girls Write Now (GWN) wants to improve its mentoring programs, which pair professional writers with girls who attend under-resourced public high schools. The goal of the program is to increase girls’ writing skills. GWN’s outreach and enrollment strategies have caused a mismatch in ethnic diversity between mentors and mentees. Also, the majority of mentors are based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, while mentees are based in all boroughs, which leads to extended travel times to get to pair meetings. Girls Write Now wants to increase the number of women of color in the mentor pool, and to redistribute mentor geographic locations to better match mentee locations in all five boroughs.
This grant will support Girls Write Now’s efforts to increase the number of women of color in its mentor pool.