YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people's lives.
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How to Write for YCteen
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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. Teens write personal stories about their lives, and reported stories about issues that affect young people.

We are now taking applications for the spring 2019 semester.

Educators: Print out our internship flier and share it with your students!

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


  • Be a voice for teens
  • Get published
  • Improve your writing
  • Learn interviewing, research, and writing skills
  • Work with professional adult editors
  • Learn to work in an office environment
  • 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 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)

Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2019
We will contact you for an interview by February 8.
Fill out the form and hit "submit" at the bottom.

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

Check back in the spring for information about Youth Communication's 6-week summer writing workshop.

[Apply to the spring writing program below]
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