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Lesson Plans
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Each issue of YCteen includes a lesson guide for teachers and after-school staff that shows how to use the stories with teens. Many of the YCteen stories on this site, as well as stories from our sister publication, Represent, are accompanied by free lessons (look for this Story Lesson Available icon). Most consist of a few simple discussion questions and/or writing prompts that you can use as a jumping off point for exploring the story with your teens. Some also involve role plays or other experiential activities. Many include assignments that can be used as practice for the New York State Regents exam.

We also offer more than half a dozen complete curricula built around our teen stories and focused on topics including work readiness (On My Way) and resilience (Struggle to Be Strong). They provide all the support you need to form and run an engaging workshop with teens.

You can see a complete list of our curricula and resource kits here. The current lesson guide, and guides from many past issues of both magazines, are available below.

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YCTeen magazine (formerly New Youth Connections)   Represent magazine
• Sept/Oct 2017 [PDF]
• May/June 2017 [PDF]
• March/April 2017 [PDF]
• Jan/Feb 2017 [PDF]
• Nov/Dec 2016 [PDF]
• Sept/Oct 2016 [PDF]
• May/June 2016 [PDF]
• March/April 2016 [PDF]
• Jan/Feb 2016 [PDF]
• Nov/Dec 2015 [PDF]
• Sept/Oct 2015 [PDF]
• May/June 2015 [PDF]
• March/April 2015 [PDF]
• Jan/Feb 2015 [PDF]
• Nov/Dec 2014 [PDF]
• Sept/Oct 2014 [PDF]
• May/June 2014 [PDF]
• March/April 2014 [PDF]
• Jan/Feb 2014 [PDF]
• Nov/Dec 2013 [PDF]
• Sept/Oct 2013 [PDF]
• May/June 2013 [PDF]
• March/April 2013 [PDF]
• Jan/Feb 2013 [PDF]
• Nov/Dec 2012 [PDF]
• Sept/Oct 2012 [PDF]
• May/June 2012 [PDF]
• March/April 2012 [PDF]
• Jan/Feb. 2012 [PDF]
• Nov/Dec. 2011 [PDF]
• Sept/Oct. 2011 [PDF]
• Fall 2017 [PDF]
• Summer 2017 [PDF]
• Spring 2017 [PDF]
• Winter 2017 [PDF]
• Fall 2016 [PDF]
• Summer 2016 [PDF]
• Spring 2016 [PDF]
• Winter 2016 [PDF]
• Fall 2015 [PDF]
• Summer 2015 [PDF]
• Spring 2015 [PDF]
• Winter 2015 [PDF]
• Fall 2014 [PDF]
• Spring 2014 [PDF]
• Winter 2014 [PDF]
• Fall 2013 [PDF]
• Summer 2013 [PDF]
• Spring 2013 [PDF]
• Winter 2013 [PDF]
• Fall 2012 [PDF]
• Summer 2012 [PDF]
• Spring 2012 [PDF]
• Winter 2012 [PDF]
• Fall 2011 [PDF]
• Summer 2011 [PDF]
• Spring 2011 [PDF]
• Winter 2011 [PDF]
• Fall 2010 [PDF]
• Summer 2010 [PDF]
• Spring 2010 [PDF]
• Winter 2010 [PDF]
• Fall 2009 [html]
• Summer 2009 [PDF]
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