Are you a NYC teen in foster care, or formerly in foster care, with a personal story to tell?

Join a group of 12 young people who will explore the global issue of housing instability as part of Youth Communication’s 43rd annual summer writing workshop!

We have two publications: YouthComm*, a magazine for 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.)

Participate in writing lessons, discussions, and group activities. Explore the personal and sociopolitical factors that influence your idea of “home.” Write stories that will help other young people make sense of non-traditional definitions of home, or take agency in defining what they think home should look like. Share your ideas that will lead readers to understand the different factors involved in people moving from one place to another. 

Our newsroom is a safe space for open conversations. Guest speakers and field trips will deepen our understanding of these topics. No prior writing experience is required, but you must be able to attend for all six weeks. Your stories will be published in our publications and may appear in Youth Communication’s curricula.

Depending on the COVID situation, the workshop may be held in person at our midtown office on West 38th Street, over Zoom, or as a hybrid of both. If attending either in person or by Zoom would be a problem, please briefly explain why (e.g., no WiFi where you live). Your COVID-related needs will not impact acceptance decisions. We will try our best to make accommodations. To participate in our program, you must have received all three COVID-19 vaccinations, and you must show your vaccine card before starting with us. We will provide laptops to participants who do not have them.

All participants receive a $2000 stipend for completing at least one story in the workshop. If we meet in person, a daily two-trip MetroCard and $10 for lunch will also be provided. Proper PPE and health guidelines will be followed and enforced. All writers must submit proof of vaccination. 

Dates: Tuesday, July 5 to Thursday, August 11.

For New York City youth ages 15-20

Application deadline: Friday, May 13, 2022

If you are not in foster care, learn more about how to write for other teen-written publication, YouthComm magazine.

Applications for 2022’s summer writing workshop have closed.

We will respond to all applicants by June 3 and schedule interviews (via Zoom, most likely) with prospective candidates during the week of June 6. Note: Previous and current YC writers are not eligible to apply.

Please check back in august to apply for our fall program.