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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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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Congrats to Danielle and Ms. Yolanda, MercyFirst (Staff Shout-Out)

Congrats to Danielle and Ms. Yolanda, MercyFirst (Staff Shout-Out) Ms. Yolanda rubs Danielle the wrong way at first, but then gives her a chance and some good advice.

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Editor Virginia Vitzthum receives LGBTQ & Ally Award

Editor Virginia Vitzthum receives LGBTQ & Ally Award Represent editor Virginia Vitzthum was named “Outstanding Community Advocate” at the 2018 LGBTQ & Ally Awards by the NYC Administration for Children's Services. At the ceremony, she was introduced by Represent writer Yaselin Solis, who read from her story "Writing Saved My Life," which is about working with Virginia.
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