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No budget? You and your students can still benefit from Youth Communication stories! A limited but significant number of stories and other resources are available for free on this website and from our magazine websites YCteen and Represent.

Educators have permission to download and copy stories from these sites for classes or groups. For example, you can use stories as catalysts or models for writing lessons, or for discussion prompts in advisories and after school programs. (If you plan to include the stories in a coursepack or other more formal instructional package, you must get permission. See our Permissions section for more information.)

There are lessons for many of the individual stories, and for issues of YCteen and Represent. If you're looking for stories in a particular subject, you can search our websites by topic. From the list of stories under your chosen topic, look for the "Lesson Available" button. Note that these "lessons" range from a few "Think About It" questions to interactive activites to detailed writing assignments. Some lessons focus on academic skills and some on social and emotional topics.

Low budget? Even on a low budget you can access lots more of our stories. You can download individual stories for just 99 cents, and most of our books, which include 25 to 30 stories each, cost less than $20.

Bigger budget? Youth Communication has dozens of resources for sale that will motivate teens in your school, program, or group. Our anthologies and Leader's Guides help teens improve their skills and learn about important topics, like work readiness. Merely having a library of our books in your classroom will encourage reluctant readers. In one study of 2,000 teens who were exposed to our books in a government summer youth employment program, 77% of the teens reported voluntarily reading stories beyond those that were required.

Look for the videos on this website in which teachers working in several different settings talk about how they use Youth Communication stories to teach grammar, reading, and writing—and to help teens explore the connections between their lives and concerns and the world beyond their neighborhood.


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