“Flowers Wilt. Buy a Poem Instead.”

 

 

I’ve become involved with a non-profit organization called WriteGirl. This group of creative, female writers mentors teen girls with the goal of unleashing their young, brilliant, writer minds. It’s such a lovely community and I’m honored to be a part of it.

 

But I almost wasn’t. I met Keren Taylor, the founder of WriteGirl, early last year. She asked me then to volunteer with WriteGirl, saying they needed more songwriters in their fold. I loved the idea, and I loved what I knew about the group, but I didn’t feel incredibly confident as a songwriter. So I didn’t apply. And before I realized it, nearly a full year had passed since Ms. Taylor’s kind invitation. All because of my self-doubt. And when I think about that, it is quite clear to me that I have more in common with the teen girls being served by WriteGirl than I thought.

 

Anyhoo – a few months ago I decided to deny my doubt and to try something new. I had helped a couple of adults with their quests to begin writing songs, and the sky hadn’t fallen. In fact, those gals realized they were capable of following their writer dreams and they’re off and running. That’s when I signed up to volunteer with WriteGirl.

 

I’ve only gone through orientation, but I’m already excited about this group. Do you know that since WriteGirl was founded in 2001 they have a 100% rate of graduating senior mentees going on to college? That is phenomenal, folks. And when you consider that a lot of the girls in the program are facing substantial challenges in life, it is even more impressive. I’ve seen some of these girls reading their work and I’m here to tell you – this organization is making a positive difference in Los Angeles. I can’t wait to get more involved!

 

For now, I want to tell you about a WriteGirl program: a Poetry Drive! That’s right. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, y’all. And as the WriteGirl tag line goes, “Flowers wilt. Buy a poem instead.” This is so cool. Basically you go to the site, choose the price and personalization levels for your custom poem, make your purchase (which is really a tax-deductible donation) and that’s it! As long as you order by the deadline (shown on the Poetry Drive web page), your personal poem will be emailed to you, just in time for Valentine’s. Unique and philanthropic. Win-win, I tell ya! (And if you’re not a Valentine sort of person, which I am not, please know that the Poetry Drive will be going on through most of June.)

 

I hope to update you on my involvement with WriteGirl as the season progresses. In the meantime, I just wanted to share positive info about some wonderful people doing beautiful work in the world. Personally, I am in awe.

Rock Camp Dates Announced!

 

 

I realize not all of you are in the L.A. area. Heck, some of you aren’t even in America. And some of you aren’t of the lady variety either. So this post may not be at all relevant to you…

 

Rock Camp dates have been announced! Ladies Rock Camp dates and enrollment info can be found here. This powerful weekend provides the opportunity for adult ladies to get their inner rock star on, all while providing scholarship money for a girl to attend summer camp.

 

Rock Camp dates for girls can be found here. This amazing week is designed to empower girls through music. Those of you who know me are more than aware of my commitment to this non-profit and all it does for girls. I am so blessed to have been a part of it the last 4 summers and I’m already excited about this year! If you have a young girl in your life (between the ages of 8 and 17), please look into this. I have witnessed amazing growth in Rock Camp attendees. Honestly, I don’t have enough superlatives to fully express my love for this non-profit. It is more amazing than I can say. You just have to trust me on this.

 

And please, please, please pass this on to anyone you know in the L.A. area who might be interested. Grown women, little girls – share, share, share! You’ll be making someone very happy. And you’ll be producing good karma, to boot. Woo-hoo!