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WHY OUR STORIES?
Videos - Relevant Stories for Struggling Learners
Relevant Stories For Struggling Learners
Educators say their students respond to teen-written stories because they want to hear "stories from people like them."
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Videos - Reaching and Helping Teen Readers: The Writing Process
Reaching and Helping Teen Readers: The Writing Process
Executive Director Keith Hefner explains the intensive and unique writing program that produces Youth Communication's award-winning stories.
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Videos - Promote Character Education With Relevant, Nonfiction Stories
Promote Character Education With Relevant, Nonfiction Stories
Youth Communication stories model good decision-making and encourage readers to think morally and ethically about the world.
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Videos - Stories That Inspire Teens to Read and Write
Stories That Inspire Teens to Read and Write
Eductators draw resistant readers in with Youth Communication's content, then use the stories to teach grammar, reading comprehension, and critical thinking.
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Videos - Improve Teens’ Academic Performance With Engaging Content
Improve Teens’ Academic Performance With Engaging Content
Students "pay much more attention to assignments" when teachers use Youth Communication stories, says James O'Neal, executive director of Legal Outreach.
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Videos - Rodrick Michaels on Real Men: Urban Teens Write About How to Be a Man
Rodrick Michaels on Real Men
Teacher Rodrick Michaels explains how Real Men addresses the emotional and behavioral issues of his high school students.
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PRESS
Videos - Youth Communication on CUNY TV's Independent Sources
Youth Communication on CUNY TV's Independent Sources
Watch a segment about Youth Communication on CUNY-TV's Independent Sources.
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Videos - Former Foster Children Write Essays About Foster Care Reforms
Former Foster Children Write Essays About Foster Care Reforms
Watch a segment on NY1 News featuring two winners who talk about their suggestions on how to make foster care a more supportive experience.
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Videos - Youth Communication Named "New Yorker of the Week" by NY1
Youth Communication on the New Morning Show
Youth Communication teen writer Desiree Bailey and editor Katia Hetter appear on the New Morning Show, Hallmark Channel
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FROM THE AUTHOR
Videos - From the Author - Always the Outcast

Christian Pimentel on Bullying
Always the Outcast
Christian has been bullied verbally and physically since elementary school. He tries to fit in with a group of cool kids by wearing eyeliner, nail polish, and different clothes. But the students with the Mohawks and piercings don't treat him any better.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON BULLYING]
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Videos - From the Author - Fighting Words

Margarita Martinez on Stereotypes
Fighting Words
Margarita, who is Latina, unintentionally offends a black classmate when she stereotypes her. After the two girls cool down and talk, they develop a friendship and realize how important it is to see people as individuals. [FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON STEREOTYPES]
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Videos - From the Author - Letting It Out

Ashunte Hunt on Poetry
Letting it Out
Ashunte is angry and depressed about the death of his parents, and releases his pain in violent outbursts. Listening to hip hop inspires him to write a poem, and he soon realizes that poetry can help him control his anger. [FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON WRITING]
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Videos - From the Author - Dirty Dancing

Janill Briones on Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Janill is appalled by the openly sexual dancing that goes on at her school dance. Her friends try to get her to join in, but she feels awkward and grossed out. [FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON SEXUALITY]
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Videos - From the Author - Bum-Rushed by My Past

Natasha Santos on Anger
Bum-Rushed by My Past
An abusive past has left Natasha with a lot of anger, but she learns to hide her feelings. She is eventually adopted by a family she trusts, but her bad feelings re-surface during a scary panic attack.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON ANGER]
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Videos - From the Author - Bum-Rushed by My Past

Antwaun Garcia on "Crack Baby"
They Called Me 'Crack Baby'
When fellow students discover he can't read, Antwaun is teased and called a "crack baby." He struggles in school for a while, but decides not to let his past hold him back and eventually makes it to college.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON DRUGS]
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Videos - From the Author - Bum-Rushed by My Past

Janill Briones on the First Amendment
Do Teens Care About Free Speech?
Janill interviews fellow high school students to find out what they know about the First Amendment and free speech. She's shocked to discover how ignorant they are about the Constitution, and how little appreciation they have for the freedoms it guarantees.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON POLITICS]
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Videos - From the Author - Bum-Rushed by My Past

Percy Lujan on the Meaning of Life
Talking to the Ceiling
As he grows up, Percy stops believing in heaven and hell. But after witnessing the passing of an old man his mother has been caring for, he tries to understand the mystery of life and death.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON DEATH AND LOSS]
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STORY VIDEOS
Videos  - Youth Occupy Wall Street

Youth Occupy Wall Street
What They’re Yelling About on Wall Street
This teen-friendly guide to the Occupy Wall Street movement—with accompanying videos—explains the financial inequality that activists are protesting.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON ACTIVISM]
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Videos  - Activism: Online vs. In-Person Protest

Activism: Online vs. In-Person Protest
Activism: Online vs. In-Person Protest
Young activists in the Occupy Wall Street Movement explain why taking it to the street still matters.
[STORIES ON ACTIVISM]
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Videos  - The Gowanus Canal: A Legacy of Pollution

The Gowanus Canal: A Legacy of Pollution
Gowanus Canal: The Million Makeover
You can't swim or fish in Brooklyn's polluted canal, but the EPA and a handful of concerned citizens are working hard to clean it up.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON THE ENVIRONMENT]
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Videos  - YCteen's Toxic Products Slideshow

YCteen's Toxic Products Slideshow
Your Toxic Beauty Regime
Chemicals in your shampoo, lotion, deodorant, and even hand sanitizer could be doing more harm than good.
[FULL TEXT] [MORE STORIES ON PHYSICAL HEALTH]
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Videos - The Write Way to Graduation
The Write Way to Graduation
Teens at Youth Communication publish first-person stories about how they fell behind in school—and what they did to get back on track. Funded by America's Promise Alliance.
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JOIN THE WRITING PROGRAM
Videos - Join the Teen Writing Staff of Youth Communication
Join the Teen Writing Staff of Youth Communication
Teen writers describe what it's like to work at Youth Communication.
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