Do you have a personal story to tell?

If you’re a New York City teen and like the idea of writing stories that will help your peers, Youth Communication is the place for you.  

We have two publications: YouthComm*, a magazine for all New York City teens; and Represent, our publication by and for youth in foster care. (If you are a teen in foster care, learn how to apply for the Represent writing program here.)

Teen writers are mentored by full-time professional editors, learning memoir writing and journalism skills. Our writers get to be a voice for other teens; their work is published for thousands of readers through our publications and partners like Chalkbeat, or in Youth Communication curricula. The writing process is rigorous, involving many drafts, but with lots of support and guidance from an editor. Writers will be paid between $100-$150 per published article.

Our Requirements:

• Writers must be in high school and between the ages of 15 and 20.

• Writers must commit to working with us a minimum of two days a week, two hours a day (for a total of at least four hours per week), anytime between the hours of 1pm and 6pm to be arranged between you and your editor.

• Writers must commit to participating through the end of the semester. 

* YouthComm was formerly known as YCteen

We have three application periods: fall, spring, and summer. 

The Fall 2021 application deadline has passed. Please check back in January 2022 to apply to be a part of our Spring 2022 cohort.