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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.

Youth Communication's Summer Writing Workshop

July 7 - August 14, 2014

Be a part of Youth Communication's annual summer writing workshop! No experience is required, but you must commit to a rigorous writing schedule. You will get one-on-one mentoring from a professional editor, write and revise memoir-style and reported stories, spend time "on the street" as a reporter, and go on field trips.

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

The workshop is free because our funders cover the $3,000 cost for each participant. All participants get a MetroCard and $5 for lunch each day. (Additionally, youth in foster care will receive a $600 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop.)

Benefits:

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • 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 the full six weeks: July 7 - August 14, 2014, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The deadline to apply has been extended to May 23, 2014. Top candiates will be invited in for interviews by June 6.

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

[Download the summer workshop application]

School-Year Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the school year. Check back in August 2014.

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

Benefits:

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • 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.)
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