YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people's lives.
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About YCteen
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YCteen, founded in 1980 as New Youth Connections, is a magazine written by New York City teens. It is published by Youth Communication, a non-profit corporation that helps marginalized youth reach their full potential through reading and writing. In addition to YCteen, Youth Communication publishes Represent, a magazine by teens in foster care; a library of non-fiction books for struggling teen readers; and anthologies and leaders guides to help educators use stories in classrooms, after-school programs, and other settings.

YCteen writers come from across New York City to Youth Communication's midtown newsroom. They work hard to develop personal and reported stories about the experiences and issues that matter in their lives. YCteen publishes five issues a year and has a print circulation of 24,000. A network of more than 250 teachers and other staff distribute the magazine at more than 200 public high schools, libraries, and community-based organizations. Teachers in New York City public high schools can get the print magazine for free. Subscribe by clicking here. In addition, the full text of stories from the six most recent issues of the magazine is available on this website. There is also a lesson guide for each issue.

New York City teens who would like more information on joining our staff should visit the Write for Us page. We accept volunteers, and many teens get school credit for working here. Teens who are not on the writing staff or who do not live in New York can still get their voices in the magazine by sending letters to the editor or entering the writing contests that appear in each issue. We publish scores of letters and writing contest entries each year.

YCteen stories are ideal for teaching social/emotional skills and literacy. Many stories and lessons are available on this website for free or at low cost. We publish books on a wide range of topics, including mental health, peer pressure, sex, drugs, body image, stereotyping, and many, many more. Several of the books include leader guides with extensive lessons.

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