Summer Writers Focus on Timely Theme: Economic Inequality

As we look ahead to the uncertainties of the coming school year, our YC team and writers would like to celebrate the culmination of our 41st Annual Summer Writing Workshop

We ran the entire 6-week workshop remotely.  Despite the physical separation, the writers completed powerful stories and built connections to each other that were as strong and supportive as ever.
The 12 writers focused on a timely theme: economic inequality.  They wrote about their own lived experiences – their dreams and struggles – while also giving voice to the experiences of their peers across New York City. We are grateful for their courage to share their moving and informative narratives. 

YC writer Konner Stephen outside his home. Konner wrote the story, “Defunding the Police in Schools Can Help Support Essential Workers Like My Parents”

In rich discussions and workshops, the writers explored topics ranging from the American Dream (after a screening of the film Parasite), to their feelings about remote learning and returning to school in the fall. They wrote many transformative stories that will be shared with tens of thousands of readers including:

…plus more stories to be released this fall.

Join us in wishing our writers well in the year ahead! Their voices shed light on how the pandemic, protests, and systemic inequality uniquely affect young people.  Their talent and resilience give us so much hope.  Thank you for helping YC continue to ensure young people are heard, and that we truly listen and learn from the wealth of their wisdom

Youth Communication’s work is only possible because of the generosity of our community. As always, you can support our programs by donating here.

Betsy Cohen
Executive Director

P.S. We would like to thank the many guests who joined us throughout the summer to listen, learn, and share their own perspectives with our young writers, including staff from The Harman Family Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Marshall Project, The Possibility Project, and YC alumna Natasha Santos.

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