Real Stories
Real Change

YC provides Programming and professional development based on true stories from teens.

Our programs enable schools and other youth-serving organizations to create supportive, culturally responsive learning communities. We are committed to teens of color and other young adults whose voices need to be heard.


Our literacy-rich training model helps teachers, after-school workers, counselors and other professionals better connect with the teens they serve, while our youth writing programs and publications offer teens the opportunity to share their voice for other students.


Programming and professional development for
adults who work with teens.

Youth Stories

Read real teen stories and learn more about our opportunities for teens.

95% of teachers say


92% felt better able to

create a space for students
to TALK ABOUT race

Our programs have


Happening Now

NYC teens! Write for YC – summer writing workshop

Calling all NYC teens! Join a group of 12 young people who will explore the personal and sociopolitical factors of community as part of YC’s 45th Annual Summer Writing Workshop. All participants receive a $2,000 stipend for completing at least one story in the workshop. The six week workshop will be held Monday, July 8 to Thursday, August 15. Applications are due by May 6, 2024.

2nd annual spring benefit on may 30th

YC will host a spring benefit to raise money for its important work elevating youth voice! We are proud to be honoring YC alumna Edwidge Danticat – a two-time National Book Award nominee, MacArthur genius award winning novelist. Please save the date and join us for food, drinks, and a short program highlighting our youth and alumni.

Story of the Week: ​”REJECTING MY ROLE MODEL”

“As long as I thought my dad didn’t know what was happening, I could still love him,” writes the author in this Represent story about how setting boundaries with her parents led her to become her own role model.

The lessons provided in the YC program were well-organized and thought-provoking. I appreciated listening to and reading about my students’ views on how to address the circumstances of the stories we read and for how they were not judgmental of the others or each other while engaging in student-led discussions of the stories.