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Lessons & Curricula for Out-of-School Learning
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Lessons and Leader Guides

Well-structured out-of-school activities can support young people's academic success and help strengthen the soft skills, like cooperation, persistence, and reflection, that contribute to success in all areas of life.

Youth Communication's award-winning programs are tailor-made for use in after school programs, foster care agencies, counseling groups, and other out-of-school interventions. Our true stories by teens, and the lessons that accompany them, provide a structure for safe and productive discussions about the most important issues in teens' lives.

There are two main reasons why are stories are so effective.

1) They "externalize" the issues.

When our stories are the focus of a lesson, it allows teens to talk about the issues in the story by talking about the teen writer's experience, rather then their own. They do not have to reveal how they feel about things like gang pressures, difficult home situations, or their fears and hopes about getting jobs, because they can talk about the issue by exploring how the writer managed it. Using the stories allows staff to lead productive discussions about the issues teens care about most, but which can be very difficult to get teens to discuss openly.


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Promote Character Education With Relevant, Nonfiction Stories

Youth Communication helps marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing, so that they can succeed in school and at work and contribute to their communities.
2) They model positive change.

The stories show peers in the process of making difficult choices. The honest and thoughtful accounts of our teen writers validate the struggles teen readers face while modeling effective ways to overcome challenges.


We offer existing program, and we can also create customized programs for agencies. Here are some examples.

Existing Programs

Customized Programs
  • A summer writing unit for high school juniors at the Harlem Children’s Zone,
    focusing on the expository essay and multiculturalism.
  • A summer reading program for Public/Private Ventures and two community-based nonprofit groups (Harlem RBI and Groundwork), focusing on neighborhoods and civic participation.

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