Real Stories
Real Change

YC provides curricula 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.

AMPLIFYING YOUTH VOICES

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.

SEL CURRICULUM AND TRAINING


Curriculum 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


OUR PROGRAMS HELP
STUDENTS UNDERSTAND SEL

92% felt better able to


create a space for students
to TALK ABOUT race

Our programs have


REACHED OVER
TWO MILLION YOUTH

Happening Now

YC offers subsidized pricing for all NYC department of Education partners

To demonstrate our commitment to New York City teens, YC is proud to offer subsidized pricing for all NYC DOE partners. Let’s create a brighter future for your students together. Reach out to [email protected] for details.

25TH ANNUAL AWARDS FOR YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE: enter the ESSAY contest

YC sponsors this award to illuminate the strengths of youth in care. This year, 10 young people from New York will be awarded prizes of $1,100 each at a ceremony in October 2023. Extended deadline: apply by September 8!

Story of the Week: ​”FRAME BY FRAME: LOVE IN MOTION”

“As an outlet for my grief, filmmaking has also helped me realize that I can use that grief to create something that I feel proud of,” writes Hadiatou. Read this incredible story about the power of art and world-making here.

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.

— TEACHER