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Essentially Ellington | WriteGirl
Summer School of the Arts | Urban Academy
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More from the teens in this segment:
I am me
object I chose came from China,
This piece was written as part of an exercise that involved choosing an object from a group of objects set out on a table, and using it as a jumping-off point for free writing.
WriteGirl, a project of the nonprofit incubator Community Partners, is a program for inner city high school girls centered on the craft of creative writing and empowerment through self-expression. It is clear that girls in Los Angeles don't have much opportunity to explore their creativity and individual voices through school, so starting WriteGirl seemed like a good idea all around. Having a place where you are encouraged to express your emotions and ideas is important at any time in your life, but somehow particularly vital as a teenager, and still (yes, still) especially vital for women.
Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot tips for great writing in all genres from professional women writers. The result is a channeling of thoughts and emotions, improved self-confidence and life skills and, most importantly, a window to a wide world of possibilities. Some of our girls may go on to pursue careers as writers, but all will have valuable communication skills to help them no matter what they decide to do in their lives.
Beyond the Bell
(a Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has
been a terrific supporter of WriteGirl from its inception because
they see the immense value of giving girls personal mentors and a
stimulating environment that encourages learning OUTSIDE of school.
Contact:(323) 327-2555; www.writegirl.org