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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.

Apply Now for Youth Communication's Summer Writing Workshop!

Be part of Youth Communication's 36th annual intensive summer writing workshop. You will 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. You will also participate in writing lessons and group activities exploring what it means to be a modern young man or young woman, as well as other topics. No prior experience is required, but you must be able to attend every day. Thousands of people will read your stories in our magazines and on our websites. Workshop alumni have gone on to attend colleges from Hunter to Harvard.

This is a competitive program—there will be a maximum of 15 students—so start working on your application essays now! Applications must be received by May 22, 2015. Top candidates will be contacted by June 5 for interviews.

Dates and Times: The workshop runs Monday through Thursday from July 6 to August 13. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must be able to attend every day.

Cost: The workshop is free because our funders cover the $3,000 cost for each participant.

Stipend: We provide MetroCards and $5 for lunch each day. (Youth in foster care will also receive a $600 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop.)

Facilities: The workshop will be taught at the Youth Communication office in Manhattan at 224 W. 29th St., 2nd fl. The office is easily accessible by subway.

Staff: Writers will be taught by Youth Communication editors who have substantial experience working in journalism and youth development.

Eligibility: Anyone ages 15 to 20 who lives within commuting distance is eligible to apply. We're interested in your writing skills, but when we judge your essays we will also look for your ideas and willingness to write deeply personal stories. Youth Communication’s most essential job is to convey important information to teens in an interesting way.

School-Year Program

We are no longer taking applications for the spring 2015 semester.

During the school year, we welcome teen writers to work with us either as volunteers or for high school credit as interns.


  • Be a voice for teens
  • Improve your writing
  • Learn interviewing, research, and writing skills
  • Work with professional adult editors
  • Learn to work in an office environment with supervisors and colleagues
  • 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 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 a minimum of two days a week, two hours a day for three months at our midtown Manhattan office. (Our office is open to writers from 1- 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.)

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

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