Curriculum & Training

Watch how educators experience our interactive professional development and use our story-based approach to build the social, emotional, and literacy skills of the teens they serve.

Unique Story-Based Approach

Our award-winning programs help educators and youth workers become more effective at building the skills teens need to succeed in school and life.

The heart of our programs are real stories by teens that reveal the complexity of youth experiences. By reading and discussing these stories, students will explore how they can manage their own challenges and emotions.

The fully developed sessions and professional development help group leaders facilitate purposeful discussions, and boost the social and emotional skills of their students.

Our curriculum programs include

To support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our professional development can be conducted remotely. 

CURRICULA

YOUTH VOICE • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
7th Grade

Self-Management and Relationship Skills

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Self-Management and Relationship Skills

Between You and Me

Help teens improve their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills

Topics include:
Identity • Friendships • Bullying •Independence • Family • Persistence • Dating • Fighting Sexism and Racism
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YOUTH VOICE • TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL
8th Grade

Transition to High School

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TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING

UPGRADE

Help teens make a successful transition to high school 

Topics include:
Creating Support Networks• Persistence• Utilizing Strengths• Managing Stress• Overcoming Academic Challenge

 

“If I hadn’t been willing to try something new…I wouldn’t have made the friends I have now.”

    — Jose Polanco, from his story “How I Overcame Shyness”
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YOUTH VOICE • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
8th Grade

Decision-Making

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Decision-Making

Stay the Course

Support your students’ growth in responsible decision-making

Topics include:
Resisting peer pressure• Benefits of moderation (rather than all-or-nothing thinking)•  Maintaining responsible boundaries with others• Impact of society and prejudice on decision-making• Advocating for change
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YOUTH VOICE • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
9th Grade

High School Social & Emotional Learning

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HIGH SCHOOL

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING

IN REAL LIFE

Help teens manage and overcome challenges

Topics include:
Overcoming Challenges• Identity Development• Encountering Diversity• Planning for the Future• Becoming Independent

 

WINNER: BEST CURRICULUM (Grades 9-12)

—Association of American Publishers

 

“The relevance of your resources catches my students’ attention. Reading the stories has brought me closer to them and their lives outside of school.”

    — Elise Baranowski, NYC ELA teacher
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YOUTH VOICE • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
10th Grade

Gender Identity and Relationships

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Gender Identity and Relationships

REAL TALK

Help students examine how society’s expectations based on gender and sexual orientation impact their behavior and choices

Topics include:
Emotions• Relationships• Gender Identity• Sexual Orientation• Sexual Harassment • Stereotypes
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YOUTH VOICE • SUPPORT YOUNG WOMEN
10th Grade

Girls' Empowerment

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GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT

REAL AS ME

Help girls explore their strengths and resiliencies 

Topics include:
Body Image• Relationships • Changing Our World• Speaking Out

 

WINNER: 2017 REVERE Award “Beyond the Classroom: RELATE” (Social Emotional Learning Resources)
—Association of American Publishers

 

“I have run three groups. They are going great! These are the stories of many of the young women in our care. Thank you again for this awesome resource!”

    — Juvenile Counselor
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YOUTH VOICE • SUPPORT YOUNG MEN
10th Grade

Positive Masculinity

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POSITIVE MASCULINITY

REAL MEN 2.0

Help boys explore their emerging identities as young men

Topics include:
Family • Relationships • School Success• Career Readiness• Identity • Peer Pressure • Difficult Feelings

 

WINNER: BEST CHARACTER EDUCATION CURRICULUM
—Association of American Publishers (First Edition)

 

“By being honest about their struggles, these young men… show others what it takes to change.”

    — Geoffrey Canada 
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YOUTH VOICE • NAVIGATING A DIVERSE WORLD
11th Grade

Social & Emotional Learning in a Diverse World

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NAVIGATING A DIVERSE WORLD

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING

ALL IN

Help teens navigate the challenges of living in a diverse world

Topics include:
Celebrating Our Culture• Exploring Identity• Communicating Across Differences• Fighting Stereotypes

 

“Before I had shunned my culture, but now I went out of my way to reconnect with it.”

    —Winnie Kong, from her story “Raising My Voice Against Racism”
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YOUTH VOICE • TRANSITION TO COLLEGE
12th Grade

Transition to College

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TRANSITION TO COLLEGE

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Level Up

Help teens make a successful transition to college 

Topics include:
Achieving Balance• Independence• Finding the Right Fit

“I wish someone had told me not to take so many courses my first semester and that the course load is different than it is in high school.”

    — Gabby Felitto, age 19, from her story “How I Survived My Psychology Lecture Class”
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YOUTH VOICE • GET AND KEEP JOBS
12th Grade

Career Readiness

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CAREER READINESS

ON MY WAY

Help teens build social and emotional skills to get and keep jobs

Topics include:
Learning on the Job• Getting Along• Managing One’s Life• Planning for the Future•Effective Communication

 

On My Way was especially effective for youth who would be the first in their family to attend college.

—Study of 1,500 participants

 

78% of teens said the program helped them understand workplace expectations.

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Teacher Mindset/Professional Development

New resource

Who’s In My Classroom?
Building Developmentally and
Culturally Responsive School Communities

A new book of concrete strategies to help educators build supportive relationships with students.

See more info and the table of contents

 

Youth Communication also offers experiential, robust professional development to help teachers connect to their students and help them build the strong relationships that are the foundation of learning.

Customized Teacher Mindset/Professional Development workshops give educators a deeper understanding of:

Download a pdf of our latest brochure of programs for grades 6-12

View the brochure below:

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Contact us about how we can support your community’s needs. 
Email Sarah Wolf: swolf@youthcomm.org or call 212-279-0708 x107