By being honest about their struggles, these young men (of Real Men)… show others what it takes to change. 

Geoffrey Canada

Who’s In My Classroom? is a must-read for teachers and more importantly for any professional who is trying to figure out what it means to create equitable, engaging learning environments that allow young people to be their full selves…

Karen Pittman
Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, The Forum for Youth Investment

I have run three groups around Real As Me. 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

The students were mesmerized by the stories (in Things Get Hectic).

Rebecca Rubin
Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation

#trending was a really cool book because most of the stories were about things I’ve been through or witnessed.


YC’s stories and lessons really get my kids’ wheels turning. I GET CHILLS listening to them ask questions and talk to each other.

Lori Krane
Principal and Educator


Golden Lamp Award | Best Periodical | Association of American Publishers (2015)


First Prize | Editorial/Commentary | Center for Community and Ethnic Media (2012)

“Scam U.” by Marco Salazar

Best Curriculum | Life Skills and Character Education | Association of American Publishers (2011)

Real Men

Best in Youth Media | Media for a Just Society (2015)

"My Looking-Glass Self" by Marlo Scott

Best Curriculum | Social and Emotional Learning Resource | Association of American Publishers (2017)

Real As Me

Best in Youth Media | Media for a Just Society Award | Evident Change (2020)

"Claiming the Life I Deserve" by Marreka Beckett

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Agencies and schools implementing our programs

Bronx Design and Construction Academy

Brooklyn Democracy Academy

Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy


Center for Family Life

Children’s Aid Society

Children’s Village

Clara Barton High School

Comprehensive Youth Development

Crown Heights Community Meditation Center

DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI)

East Side House Settlement

ExpandEd Schools

Fair Futures

Forest Hills High School

Fresh Youth Initiatives

Girls for Gender Equity

Girls Inc.

Good Shepherd Services

Grand Street Settlement

Harlem Village Academy High School

Harvest Collegiate High School

High School for Tourism and Hospitality

Hyde Leadership High School

Jacob A. Riis Settlement House

Jewish Child Care Association

Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation

Learning Through Expanded Arts (LEAP)

Liberation Diploma Plus High School

Longwood Preparatory Academy High School

Mastery Charter Network (Philadelphia)

Mastery Charter: Thomas High School

New Visions for Public Schools

NY Edge (formerly Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation)

NYC Administration for Children’s Services

NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

NYC Department of Correction

NYC Department of Probation

Opportunity Charter High School

Pathways to Graduation

Phipps Neighborhoods

Possibility Project

Queens Vocational and Technical High School

Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts


SCAN New York

SCO Family of Services

SEIU 1199 Child Care Corporation

Sunnyside Community Services

The Academy Charter Schools

The Young Women’s Leadership School: Queens

Waltham Boys & Girls Club