YPG Cares Supports Girls Write Now

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Girls Write Now has a mission very near and dear to the heart of YPG Cares. The first organization in the United States, and the only one on the East coast, to combine mentoring and writing instruction within the context of all-girl programming, Girls Write Now (www.girlswritenow.org) has given more than 3,500 at-risk girls from New York City’s under-funded public high schools access to a supportive mentoring relationship, a safe space to share ideas, and an intergenerational writing community since its founding in 1988. In May and June of 2011, YPG Cares was excited to partnership with Girls Write Now to show our support for four different events.

In our first collaboration with GWN, YPG Cares volunteers assisted with set-up, ushering, serving refreshments, and facilitating the silent auction for an exclusive performance of Carson MucCullers Talks About Love, written and performed by Suzanne Vega at Rattlestick Theatre (224 Waverly Place) on Wednesday, May 11th.

On Thursday, May 19th, a handful of YPG Cares volunteers from four member publishing houses fulfilled a last-minute request to assist Girls Write Now with their Spring Appeal Campaign, stuffing envelopes and assisting with a general mailing and a focused fundraising campaign at the GWN offices on West 27th Street.

“Chapters” events are one of the tenants of the Girls Write Now event cycle and reading series, providing a forum for the mentees to perform their pieces in front of a live audience of mentors and supporters. YPG Cares provided ushers and assisted with set-up and clean-up for two Chapters events at John Street Church (44 John Street): the reading on Friday, May 20th featured Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow, and the reading on Friday, June 17th featured Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man.

In addition to these four events, YPG Cares continues to provide support for Girls Write Now through promotion of continued involvement in the Girls Write Now mentorship program, and we look forward to ongoing collaboration in the upcoming months.

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