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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.

Do you love to write personal stories and want to be a voice for teens? YCteen may be the place for you. YCteen articles have been republished on the New York Times Learning Network and are used in curricula nationwide. YCteen is an award-winning, teen-written magazine that’s read by thousands of teens in print and online. Writers are guided and supported by a professional editor as they learn memoir-writing and journalism skills.

School Year Requirements:

• You must be in high school and between the ages of 15 and 20 
• 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.)

July 6 - August 13, 2020



Our theme this summer is economic inequality. The gap between rich and poor has been widening since the 1970s. The top 1% of Americans now own more than 40% of the wealth in our country. How does this show up in our everyday lives? Why has this country become so unequal? What changes would make our system more fair?

Be part of Youth Communication's 41st annual summer writing workshop. Participate in writing lessons and group activities. Explore your feelings and experiences with economic inequality and write about how to address it. No prior experience is required, but you must be able to attend for all six weeks. Your stories will be published in our magazines YCteen and Represent and may appear in Youth Communication's curricula. All participants receive a stipend plus a daily MetroCard and $10 for lunch.

See full details and the application [pdf]

Apply online by completing the form below.
Or mail to:
Youth Communication, Summer Writing Workshop
242 W. 38th St., 6th floor, New York, NY 10018

Deadline: May 15, 2020

If necessary, we will run this workshop remotely.

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