Youth Communication equips and empowers educators and youth workers with real teen-written stories and a literacy-rich training model to engage struggling youth and build their social and emotional learning skills. Our stories, developed in a rigorous writing program, are uniquely compelling to youth whose voices are missing from mainstream content. The stories model social and emotional learning, and show teens how to make positive changes in their lives. They also motivate teens to read and write.
Urban stories written by the teens who have lived through these situations
Meeting the Invisible Man
At age 15, Athena visits her long-absent father in Greece.
The Forest Fights Back
Leneli and a friend explore the woods in Forest Park, Queens, where there’s evidence everywhere of nature’s battle with the human world.
Out of the Shadows
The writer finds a supportive community at a day treatment center for depressed teens.
Am I the Father?
The writer has a one-night stand with a girl at a party. Months later, the girl tells him he is the father of her soon-to-be-born baby.