The youth-written stories in YCteen give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

What's New
Email Newsletter icon
Write for Youth Communication: Video
Behind the Scenes: Teen writers describe what it's like to work at YCteen.
Follow us on:
Share Youth Communication Follow YCteen on Facebook Follow YCteen on YouTube Follow YCteen on Twitter
Follow YCteen on Facebook Follow YCteen on YouTube Follow YCteen on Twitter
Issue #228 (September/October 2011) issue cover
Toxic Beauty

author
If you think “environmental issues” affect only polar bears and rainforests, think again. In modern life, hazardous chemicals are everywhere. (full text)

author
A million more trees in New York City mean cleaner air, lower electricity bills, and happier, healthier residents. (full text)

author
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," might reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But if it contaminates our drinking water, is it worth it? (full text)

author
You can't swim or fish in Brooklyn's polluted canal, but the EPA and a handful of concerned citizens are working hard to clean it up. (full text)

poetry
Kiara is surprised by the amount—and the type—of attention she gets after posting a photo of herself in a bikini. (full text)

author
That skin-baring photo you sent to your sweetie won't stay private for long. (full text)

author
Donald wonders why his job applications go unanswered—until a job training program teaches him what it means to be professional. (full text)

author
Many New York City high school grads need extra help before they're ready for college classes. This can hurt their chances of ever earning a degree from CUNY or other colleges. (full text)

author
The City University of New York offers several programs to help students transition successfully to college. (full text)

author
Hidden hazards in your home could trigger an asthma attack. Find out how to clean up indoor air. (full text)

author
As Americans, YCteen writers create more than their share of the world's trash. But there are ways to use less stuff. (full text)

author
Chemicals in your shampoo, lotion, deodorant, and even hand sanitizer could be doing more harm than good. (full text)

author
Teen activist Hannah Gross explains why she's committed to eliminating the use of harmful chemicals in everyday products—and gives us tips on what we can do to help.
(full text)

author
Teens Turning Green, an environmental organization, warns shoppers not to buy products with certain chemical ingredients. (full text)

author
Marco is suspicious when his English class turns into a sales pitch for DeVry University. Doing research, he finds plenty of reasons to distrust this and other for-profit colleges. (full text)

poetry
How has a YCteen (formerly New Youth Connections) story inspired you?
(full text)

author
Kelly, an only child, is afraid that her departure for college will leave her mother with "empty-nest syndrome." (full text)

author
Allison studies hard for the SAT, but blanks out during the exam. In the end, she feels OK about her performance and realizes her anxiety was overblown. (full text)

author
author
Start preparing for college your freshman year of high school, with this cartoon guide to help you along the way.

author
A review of MTV's DISconnected, a made-for-TV movie warning teens about digital mobs, sexting, and cyberbullying that realistically portrays teens' online lives. The film airs Monday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET. (full text)

author
Check out our guide to better understand some of the technical language in this issue. (full text)

author
This teen-friendly guide to the Occupy Wall Street movement—with accompanying videos—explains the financial inequality that activists are protesting. (full text)
For Teens
Visit Our Online Store