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

We are looking for young people in foster care who want to tell their personal stories in ways that will engage and support their peers. Your stories will be published in Represent, our award-winning digital publication.

Young 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 The Nation, 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 in person 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. (We do not work with writers on Fridays.)

•Writers must show proof of vaccination. 

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

We have three application periods: fall, spring, and summer. We are currently recruiting for Spring 2022 which begins February 7, 2022. 

Application deadline: January 27, 2022

If you are a candidate, you will be asked to come in for an interview during the week of January 31, 2022.

We will provide laptops to participants who do not have them. 

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