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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Awards for Youth in Care: Call for Submissions

Awards for Youth in Care: Call for Submissions Know a NYC teen in foster care who deserves special recognition?

Youth Communication sponsors the Annual Awards for Youth in Foster Care to promote a more positive image of New York City foster youth among agency staff, youth workers, and the general public. Ten young people will be awarded prize money at a ceremony in spring 2020. The prize money can be spent however the winner likes, although it is recommended that it be spent on education-related activities.

Submit your applications for the 22nd Annual Awards for Youth in Foster Care by March 2, 2020.

Submit an online application

See full details and the application [pdf]

View photos from last year's awards ceremony on Facebook

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Congrats to Braulio and Mr. Sweeney

Congrats to Braulio and Mr. Sweeney In the "Staff Shout-Out" Braulio pays tribute to Mr. Sweeney at MercyFirst.

Read the winning entry
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The Brian Lehrer Show features Represent writers

The Brian Lehrer Show features Represent writers The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC radio featured the work of Represent magazine and Youth Communication. You can listen to the episode here.


Represent editor Virginia Vitzthum, Demetria Mack, and Pauline Gordon spoke about the power of writing for Represent, and how the teen-written stories help youth in foster care feel more empowered to overcome their challenges. The stories also inform foster parents, policymakers, and child welfare staff about foster youth’s experiences and concerns.

Demetria Mack is a current writer and a winner in this year's Awards for Youth in Foster Care, and will begin her freshman year at Howard University this fall. She talked about how her 6-year-old brother motivates her to write about her experience in foster care. She wants him to know that he's not alone, and that the circumstances of his childhood do not define his future.  

Pauline Gordon was one of Represent's most prolific writers, starting in 2004. Pauline has since earned her MSW and works for a child welfare agency, where she is part of team that is implementing Youth Communication curricula with youth in the juvenile justice system. During the call-in portion of the show, a listener asked how to support and encourage young men to read the stories – and Virginia gave an inspiring pitch for Youth Communication's positive masculinity curriculum, Real Men 2.0.
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