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

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Summer Writing Workshop

Summer Writing Workshop Be part of Youth Communication's 39th annual intensive summer writing workshop. Get one-on-one mentoring from a professional editor, write personal stories about your life, go on field trips, and make friends with other writers. Participate in writing lessons and group activities exploring your own experiences with inequality and how to address it. No prior experience is required, but you must be able to attend for all six weeks.

Applications must be received by May 18, 2018.

Click here for info and to apply
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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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