Our Programs

Capacity Building Support

Youth Communication has a suite of five core programs designed to help educators strengthen their group facilitation skills and leverage youth voice to strengthen their students social and emotional and literacy skills. 


SEL for Middle Schools

In Real Life

SEL for High Schools

On My Way

Career Readiness

Real As Me

Girls’ Empowerment

Real Men 2.0

Positive Masculinity


Youth Communication is pleased to offer the following capacity-building services to support program implementation:

One-Day Professional Development Session
Coaching SessionsGroup Follow-Up Professional Development Sessions


One-Day Professional Development Session

In these sessions participants will:


Coaching Sessions

In-person coaching sessions (at the program site) are an opportunity for debriefing, reflection, and skill building once the participants have led several group sessions. The Education Director will use a rubric to observe and give targeted feedback to support the educator. Group leaders are encouraged to share areas of success and areas for improvement with the Education Director to improve the quality of the program and their skills over time. The group leader and Education Director will schedule sessions at a mutually convenient time.


Optional Add-On: Group Professional Development Session

A follow-up group professional development session can be arranged following the coaching sessions. These follow-up trainings will be designed in response to the feedback provided in the individual coaching sessions. They will help group leaders continuously improve their practice. Participants will share best practices with one another and develop a supportive professional learning community.


NYC teen writing program

Youth Communication runs intensive nonfiction writing programs for 15-19-year-olds in New York City. Participants are mentored by a professional editor to write personal stories about their own lives and reported stories about issues that affect young people. Their stories are published in one of our two award-winning magazines, YCteen (formerly NYC: New Youth Connections) or Represent: The Voice of Youth in Care, which are read by thousands of teens in print and online. Stories published in the magazines are often reprinted in other publications and websites, and in our curriculum. Learn more about how teens can join the writing staff of YCteen or Represent.


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I am loving, loving, loving the book Rage: True Stories by Teens About Anger. Each person’s story is unique and filled with satisfying details of what and how they have overcome as well as real solutions they utilize in their lives.

Amy Cheney
District Library Manager, Oakland Unified School District

YCteen helps my students develop into active readers as well as writers. It’s an indispensable tool in the classroom for both literacy and personal growth.  Most of all, my students simply like to read it.

Carl Meltzer
Teacher, West Side HS

Real Stories connects in a way that isn’t forced. It’s something that will resonate.

Glendean Hamilton

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.



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

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CARING ADULTS: Stories, activities & expert guidance to help teensthrough tough times, from HeretoListen.org ( Monthly email )
FOSTER CARE STAFF: Includes stories and activities from Representmagazine ( Monthly email )
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