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If you're a New York City teen and you like the idea of writing stories that will help your peers, YCteen may be the place for you.

YCteen writers get published online and in a print magazine that's distributed to hundreds of high schools, libraries, and community-based organizations in New York City. Most teens on the staff write personal stories about their own lives and reported stories about issues that affect young people.

We are now taking applications for Youth Communication's Summer Writing Workshop.

July 5 - August 11, 2017

Be part of Youth Communication's 38th annual intensive summer writing workshop. Get one-on-one mentoring from a professional editor, write and revise personal stories about your life, go on field trips, and make friends with other writers. Participate in writing lessons and group activities exploring your own story and how it fits into the larger world, particularly in this epic election year. No prior experience is required, but you must be able to attend for all six weeks. Our stories are read by thousands of people and have been republished on the New York Times Learning Network and Huffington Post. Workshop alumni have gone on to win Posse and Gates Millennium Scholarships and attend colleges from Hunter to Harvard.

Summer workshop participants attend an intensive six-week program, and may write for either of Youth Communication's two award-winning magazines: Represent, by and for young people in foster care, or YCteen, by and for New York City high school students.

The workshop is free because our funders cover the $3,000 cost for each participant. All participants get a MetroCard and $7 for lunch each day. (Additionally, youth in foster care will receive a $600 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop.)


  • Be a voice for teens
  • Improve your writing
  • Learn reporting skills
  • Work with professional adult editors
  • Work in an office environment
  • Get published!
  • Get skills and clips that will help you get into college and get jobs.


  • You must be between the ages of 15 and 20.
  • We're open to writers of all skill levels, but you must have a strong interest in writing and a willingness to learn the skills you need to produce stories that will help your peers.
  • You must live in or near New York City and commit to working the full six weeks:
    July 5 - August 11, 2017, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (plus two Fridays)

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications must be received by June 2, 2017. Top candidates will be invited in for interviews by June 5.

Questions? Contact Holly at hstlifer@youthcomm.org or call (212) 279-0708, ext. 116

[Download the summer workshop application]

Check back in late August for information about Youth Communication's school-year writing program.

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