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Who We Are: Partnerships
Our Partnerships: Helping Organizations Achieve Their Goals
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We have partnered with dozens of organizations working to reduce dropout rates, help teens age out of foster care more successfully, and provide high-quality professional development. We've helped hundreds of organizations improve teens' literacy and social-emotional skills through our stories, story-based lessons, staff training, and customized interventions.

To find out more about partnering with us to help teens develop the skills they need to succeed, contact Keith Hefner at, or 212-279-0708 x102.

Here are some of the creative ways we have worked with schools and organizations to help them achieve their goals.

America's Promise Alliance
America’s Promise: In 2011 we created a guide to succeeding in high school as part of the America’s Promise campaign to generate peer programs to reduce the dropout rate.

The College Board

College Board: The Board commissioned teens at Youth Communication to research and write a 48-page booklet, "Student Voices: What Makes a Great Teacher?," that would identify and encourage teacher "best practices"--from the students' perspective.

Development Without LimitsDevelopment Without Limits: Since 2007 we have partnered with this professional development organization to create three programs that help teens strengthen the skills that are essential for success at school and work: Real Stories, Real Jobs, and Real Men, and to help staff implement the programs.

Foundations: We have created stories and lessons for several local and national foundations interested in empowering teens to make better decisions about important issues. Currently, the Cigna Foundation supports the publication of stories that educators use to teach thousands of teens about adolescent health issues. The McCormick Foundation is helping us to publish stories that educators use to teach media literacy skills to high school students.

Harlem Children's Zone
Harlem Children’s Zone: In 2010 and 2011 we worked with HCZ to create reading and writing enrichment programs for teens in its after school and summer programs so that the student will be better prepared for the demands of high school and college writing.

Harlem RBI
Harlem RBI, Public Private Ventures, and Groundwork: In 2007 we worked with these organizations to develop Strong Teens, Strong Neighborhoods, an anthology and curriculum to encourage summer reading and a deeper understanding of the importance of community.

HSBC: Future First
HSBC: HSBC supports our writing and publishing programs for youth in foster care through its Future First grant program and through employee volunteers.

New York City Department of Education
New York City Department of Education: More than 1,000 teachers and counselors use Youth Communication magazines and books each year at more than 350 schools. Many schools give school credit to teens who participate in our writing program.

New York City Department of Health
New York City Department of Health: In 2010 we worked with the Department to assess Teen MindSpace and other mental health interventions for New York City teens. The Department also licensed our mental health resources for distribution through its own networks.

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development: We developed, piloted, and evaluated a work readiness curriculum, Real Jobs, for 2,400 teens in New York City's 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program. DYCD also used our Real Stories curriculum as part of its Cornerstone after school literacy program.

The New York Times: The New York Times Learning Network links to Youth Communication stories. This partnership gives thousands of educators opportunities to integrate teen-written stories into their English and social studies classes.

New Yorkers for Children
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
New Yorkers for Children, and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services: We developed a website,, to help teens who are aging out of foster care and the staff who work with them in conjunction with ACS and funded by New Yorkers for Children.

Partnership for After School Education
Partnership for After School Education (PASE): We worked with New York’s Partnership for After School Education on Partners in Healing, a comprehensive project to promote better mental health services for teens in after school programs.

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
The Success Foundation: This Dallas-based foundation developed a self help book, Success for Teens, that was built around 20 stories by teens at Youth Communication. It has distributed 1.5 million copies to schools, youth agencies, and religious groups.

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
The After School Corporation (TASC): The After School Corporation used our Real Stories program in its TASC-Masters of Literacy Program and at dozens of after school sites to promote reading, writing, and reflection among middle school students.

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, American Social History Project, NYC Dept. of Education, Lehman College Writing Project, and others: From 1996 to 1999 we participated in Students at the Center, a project to help teachers in 20 New York City public schools develop more effective teaching practices and strategies.

Other Publishing Partners
Dozens of publishers have used Youth Communication stories as reading and writing models and to reach students for whom our stories have special relevance, including:

  • Educators for Social Responsibility (The Courage to Be Yourself program)
  • Harvard Educational Review (books and professional journal)
  • Houghton Mifflin (Write Source secondary school and community college English textbooks)
  • Legal Outreach (9-12th grade out-of-school writing curriculum)
  • Magic Johnson (book on HIV/AIDS prevention)
  • Morningside Center for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL curriculum)
  • ProQuest/SIRS (learning database for secondary school students)

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