- Keren Taylor began WriteGirl, a writing program for at-risk teens in Los Angeles
- The former sales exec started the nonprofit with severance pay when she was laid off
- Participants get one-on-one mentoring to work on writing, speaking skills and schoolwork
- Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2014 CNN Heroes
Los Angeles (CNN)After being laid off from a corporate job, many people might use their severance money to pay bills or buy groceries.