You all know I started volunteering for WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring organization, more than a year ago. You've seen me blog about them on several occasions.
I love this nonprofit so much. It changes the lives of over 350 teen girls in Los Angeles each year and it inspires me to no end. WriteGirl is where creativity expands and transforms exponentially with every written word.
And now they're quite appropriately being honored with the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award - the highest honor in the nation for programs of this kind.
How high? Three words - the White House. Four more words - First Lady Michelle Obama.
This is happening today, people. Watch the ceremony via live stream at 11am PST / 2pm EST at http://whitehouse.gov/live
I've been working part-time doing PR for this whole shebang - sending press releases, organizing interviews, and sending hundreds of emails. It's been overwhelming at times, but now that I'm here in DC, just hours away from the big event, it all feels worth it.
No, I don't get to meet Michelle Obama myself - just our Executive Director and one teen girl we serve are attending the official ceremony - but I'll be one degree of separation from the First Lady after tomorrow. It's like we're sisters...
How can you join in on the fun?
- Watch the live stream of the ceremony!
- Tell any journalist friends about this - WriteGirl is the only awardee in California - like I said, it's a big deal!
- Make a donation and support their amazing programs for teen girls
- Mark your calendars - we're having a celebration / fundraiser on December 12 (12/12!) at 7pm at Aventine in Hollywood. Tix are only $30, plus you get to see me in a party dress!
- Buy me a drink when I get back to LA - I'm going to need it!