Girls Write Now was founded in 1998. Professional women writers are paired with at-risk high-school girls from New York City to help them develop independent creative voices. Girls Write Now is the first organisation 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. Since 1998, it has given more than 3,000 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.
Mentors include female novelists, playwrights, journalists, writers and academics from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Essence magazine, McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster, and Columbia University.
In 2008, Girls Write Now and The SHM Foundation began to discuss how technology might enhance communication and provide the basis for the next phase of the Girls Write Now programme. In a series of workshops that ran in April 2009, The SHM Foundation helped GWN to look at whether technology could enhance communication and provide the basis for new creative activities. Possibilities raised through the workshops included an integrated online presence, and an online creative writing activity that would reach out to new communities and help to reach more girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.
The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.
The SHM Foundation is a charitable foundation (registration number 1126568)
The photos, unless otherwise stated have been taken by the SHM Foundation's photographer Sophie Isogai (email@example.com)
This website is owned by The SHM Foundation. The SHM Foundation believes you have a right to privacy on the web, and we work to protect your security online as vigorously as possible. The SHM Foundation has developed the following policy to help you understand how your personal information will be treated as you engage with us both on and off-line. The SHM Foundation's policy reflects our duties under the Data Protection Act 1988 to use information fairly, keep it secure, make sure it is accurate, and keep it up to date. Further details on the Data Protection Act can be found on the Information Commissioner's website www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
This policy applies to all pages hosted on this site and also to all other The SHM Foundation owned websites except where specifically mentioned on other The SHM Foundation sites. It does not apply to other organisations to which we may link and whose privacy policies may differ.
The SHM Foundation may amend this policy from time to time. If The SHM Foundation makes any substantial changes in the way your personal information is used we will make that information available by posting a notice on the site.
The Data Officer, The SHM Foundation, 20/22 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4EB
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SHM Foundation collects only information which you give to us via email, the various data capture forms on our websites, or information voluntarily given to us via telephone or postal mail. The SHM Foundation may also collect and analyse information about the way you use our websites and communications we may send to you – for example if The SHM Foundation sends a communication which enables you to "click through" to a certain page of a website.
The SHM Foundation websites may use a standard technology called a "cookie" to collect information about how you use the site; this is a small data file that certain websites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you have visited, but the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.
The SHM Foundation may use the information gathered for the following purposes:
For "service administration" purposes which means that The SHM Foundation may contact you for reasons related to any services you may have signed up for – eg to notify you that a particular service may be suspended for maintenance.
By providing personal information you are deemed to consent to your personal information being shared within The SHM Foundation and being shared outside of The SHM Foundation in the following circumstances:
Data collected on The SHM Foundation websites is stored in controlled servers with limited access. Your information may be stored and processed in the United Kingdom where The SHM Foundation or its partners are located.
At your request The SHM Foundation will give you all details of personal information held by The SHM Foundation , once identity has been satisfied. Incorrect information will be deleted or amended promptly. The SHM Foundation can only accept these requests if sent by email to: email@example.com ; or by fax to: 020 7831 7061 or by post to: Data Officer, The SHM Foundation, 20/22 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4EB; specifying on which SHM Foundation owned website your personal information has been registered. Once the request has been received The SHM Foundation will take further steps to confirm identity before releasing data. The SHM Foundation will endeavour to respond to requests within 28 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances when we will let you know what is happening with your request.
The SHM Foundation will send you communications if you have given us permission to do so. If The SHM Foundation sends you unsolicited emails, the email will enable you to register an opt-out to receiving other emails from us. If you do not wish to receive messages from The SHM Foundation, please send an email asking that your contact information be removed from The SHM Foundation databases to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are aged 16 or under, The SHM Foundation asks that you obtain your parent/guardian's permission before providing any personal information to The SHM Foundation websites. There is an option on the data capture forms on The SHM Foundation websites where you can confirm this permission has been granted.
The SHM Foundation will hold your personal information on our systems as long as is necessary for the relevant service you have requested, or until you inform us that you wish your information to be removed from our databases (see point 6 above).
The SHM Foundation's discussion boards are moderated and we will display your user name but not your email address. However if you post personal information within your post or comment, this information is then publically accessible. Such information can be viewed online and collected by third parties. The SHM Foundation is not responsible for the use of information by such third parties. The SHM Foundation strongly recommends that all users keep their postings anonymous and you avoid sharing any personal information that can be used to identify you (such as your name, address, age, name of employer etc.)
This policy was updated in December 2010.