YC runs intensive nonfiction writing programs for teens in New York City, where they’re mentored by a professional editor to write personal stories about their lives and about issues that affect young people. Their stories are published in our two award-winning magazines, YouthComm and Represent, which are read by thousands of teens.
After my grades dropped and I lost social interactions, I’m trying to regain the life I had before 2020.
by Elijah Charles
Three years ago when I was 13, everything in my life was going well. I had social interactions every day at school and lots of recreational activities afterward. I went swimming twice a week and practiced the breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, and was learning the sidestroke.
More than 2,500 teens have participated in Youth Communication’s writing programs. Some have achieved levels of success (in writing as well as in distinguished careers in other fields) but what really characterizes our alumni is their spirit of community service. By writing for Youth Communication, they learned that their stories could have an immediate impact, and that experience has had a powerful effect on Youth Communication’s teen writers and influenced their career decisions.
YC’s stories and lessons really get my kids’ wheels turning. I GET CHILLS listening to them ask questions and talk to each other.–Lore Krane
Principal & Educator