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Call for submissions: Nominate a teen in foster care

Call for submissions: Nominate a teen in foster care Know a NYC teen in foster care who deserves special recognition?

Youth Communication is sponsoring an essay content to promote a more positive image of New York City foster youth among agency staff, youth workers, and the general public. Fifteen young people will be awarded prize money at a ceremony in spring, 2018. Five Grand Prize winners will receive $1,000 each, and up to 10 additional winners will receive prizes of $500 to $700 each. The prize money can be spent however the winner likes, although it is recommended that it be spent on education-related activities.

Submit your nominations for the 20th Annual Awards for Youth in Foster Care by March 2, 2018.

See full details and the application [pdf]

View photos from last year's awards ceremony on Facebook

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Congrats to Kimani and Mr. McBride (Staff Shout-Out)

Congrats to Kimani and Mr. McBride (Staff Shout-Out) Kimani wins the writing contest with his piece about Mr. McBride, a staff member at Mercy First who boosts Kimani's confidence by finding his strengths and helping him build his skills."

Read the winning entry
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Editor Virginia Vitzthum receives PASEsetter award

Editor Virginia Vitzthum receives PASEsetter award On February 28, 2017, Virginia Vitzthum received a PASEsetter award, which honors five exceptional afterschool educators who have given outstanding service and leadership to the youth of New York City. Sponsored by the Partnership for Afterschool Education, the awards ceremony was held at Cipriani 42.

For the past eight years, Virginia has been a mentor, writing instructor, and editor of Represent, Youth Communication’s award-winning magazine for and by youth in foster care. Virginia recruits, trains, and works closely with foster youth aged 14 to 23 on personal essays about their lives and reported stories. Through their stories, Virginia helps the young writers overcome trauma, celebrate their triumphs, and recognize their own resilience that contributes to their survival and growth. By publishing their stories, the writers provide an important and unique community service. Once in print their stories provide inspiration for peers who have suffered similar challenges.

Watch Virginia's acceptance speech at the PASEsetter awards ceremony (Youtube)
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