Educators Use Teens’ Stories  To Start Vital Discussions About America 

Students have returned to school at a time of heated political and social controversies concerning race, immigration, gay rights, gender, and interpretations of American history.
 
Debates about what it means to be an American have rarely been so intense. Many educators are looking for ways to engage students in meaningful discussions about these vital but at times polarizing issues.
 
That’s where our writing program comes in.
 
For six weeks this summer, 17 teens from across New York City explored the question of what it means to be American. They researched the issues, talked to professional journalists on trips to news organizationsand wrote about their personal experiences. 

In their stories, the teen writers confront tough topics such as the fear of deportation, battling internalized anti-Asian racism, making sense of Colin Kaepernick’s activism, and challenging female stereotypes in a Russian-American family.
 
Their stories will appear in the fall and winter issues of YCteen and Represent magazines.
 
Hundreds of educators will use these stories to engage thousands of young people in discussions about our country’s identity, its future, and their roles in shaping it. A Leader’s Guide will provide educators with discussion prompts, writing activities, and other lessons.
 
We at Youth Communication are grateful to the teens for creating these compelling resources and to the educators who use them with their youth. 

 

 

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