Resources

WHY OUR STORIES MATTER

Our award-winning content helps educators and youth workers become more effective at building the skills teens need to succeed in school and life. The stories and session plans produce dynamic and compassionate learning environments. For decades, we have helped marginalized youth find their voices and write their powerful, transformative stories. Since 1980, Youth Communication has created resources for over 35,000 educators, reaching more than two million young people.

Curricula

Girls' Empowerment

Real As Me

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Girls' Empowerment

Real As Me

Help girls strengthen social and emotional skills such as self-awareness, building supportive relationships, and self-management so they can grow into confident young women.

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Career Readiness

On My Way

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Career Readiness

On My Way

Strengthen the social and emotional skills young people need to succeed at work: including self-awareness, decision-making and communication. 

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Middle School Social & Emotional Learning

#trending

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Middle School Social & Emotional Learning

#trending

Middle school can be a particularly challenging time in young people’s lives. #trending offers a roadmap and strategies that teens can try out in their own lives.

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Build Resilience

Struggle to be Strong

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Build Resilience

Struggle to be Strong

Help teens build the skills and resilience they need to overcome tough times. 

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High School Social & Emotional Learning

Real Stories, Real Teens

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High School Social & Emotional Learning

Real Stories, Real Teens

Spark a love of reading with these real stories, while strengthening social and emotional learning. Even teens who “hate to read” will be captivated. 

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Positive Masculinity

Real Men

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Positive Masculinity

Real Men

Help young men recognize their strengths, improve their skills, and learn how to seek help with these powerful stories written by their peers. 

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Conflict Resolution

Courage to be Yourself

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Conflict Resolution

Courage to be Yourself

Inspire young readers to reflect on their own lives, work through their problems, and discover who they really are. 

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Dealing with Life's Changes

Managing Transitions

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Dealing with Life's Changes

Managing Transitions

Change is difficult for everyone. It’s especially hard for youth, like those in foster care, who’ve already dealt with a lot of loss and upheaval. This program is designed to help.

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Anthologies

We offer dozens of anthologies on essential social and emotional topics. Our stories resonate with teen readers and help open up thoughtful discussions. They also encourage reading: In one study of 2,000 teen participants in our work readiness program, 77% of the teens reported voluntarily reading stories beyond those assigned.

FEATURED ANTHOLOGY

Growing Up Muslim in America

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FEATURED ANTHOLOGY

Growing Up Muslim in America

The presidential election, terrorist attacks, Syrian refugee crisis and other current events have put Muslims — and Islamophobia — in the spotlight. Widespread stereotypes reinforced by the media, politicians, and people harboring unexamined prejudice create feelings of distrust on all sides. One way to dispel harmful stereotypes is to listen to the stories and experiences of real-life Muslims.

In this anthology, several Muslim teens share their experiences in an effort to set the record straight.

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MAGAZINES & E-NEWSLETTERS

The true stories in our magazines and e-newsletters explore current issues from a youth perspective and provide activities for the classroom. Educators often report that students who won’t read anything else read our stories. The stories are also practical and authentic models of how teens solve difficult challenges. 

YouthSuccessNYC gives teens the information they need to be successful while in foster care and when they leave foster care.

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YCteen features stories on a range of teen concerns, accompanied by thoughtful, in-depth lessons that focus on Common Core ELA skills as well as social and emotional competencies.

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Represent features stories and lessons for youth in foster care and other systems.

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Here to Listen is focused around mental health topics.

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CARING ADULTS: Stories, activities & expert guidance to help teensthrough tough times, from HeretoListen.org ( Monthly email )
FOSTER CARE STAFF: Includes stories and activities from Representmagazine ( Monthly email )
TEACHERS: Stories and activities from YCteen magazine ( Monthly email )