This is simply awe-inspiring, and so I'm re-sharing it. Wish I was in New York to help out. I found it via Sara Crowe.
When I was younger, I was a part of Women Writing For (a) Change, a fantastic writing workshop with a focus on letting girls and women get their voices out on the page. I got to take part in several workshops in junior high and high school, and I owe the organization a lot of credit for my development as a writer and the fact that I'm still hard at it a few decades later.
I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here when I talk about writing itself being transformative, but sometimes it's nice to have a reminder that it is.