November 16, 2022
For years, I’ve been a supporter and champion of Girls Write Now, a mentoring-through-writing program that is a hotbed of intergenerational relationships. I was drawn to this particular community because I felt I had something to offer to young people who are mostly aspiring first-generation college students (like I was), but I get a whole lot more than I give. I now have a collection of young women who are part of my life in various ways—some feel like mentees, some are friends, others are woven into my writing or professional life.
-Marci Alboher, Mentor, Board Alum & Circle Donor
I joined Girls Write Now as a mentee years ago—almost eight to be exact—but the organization still makes my life vibrant today. I achieved my first bylines as a freelance writer during my time at Girls Write Now, with the help of my writing mentor Robin Willig and the many other mentors I picked up along the way. I’m lucky to count Marci, photographed with me here, as one of them! Since my time at Girls Write Now, I’ve worked in the media and publishing industries while freelancing, publishing my work in outlets including The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and The Observer. I also write a fun newsletter called One Thing. I am super grateful to (still!) be in community with the many friends, mentors, and supporters that I met through Girls Write Now. Without them, I never would have pursued my dream to become a writer.
-Romaissa Benzizoune, Teaching Artist and Mentee Alum
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