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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Open House for New and Returning Writers

Open House for New and Returning Writers Teen writers past and present, please join us for Represent's Annual Fall Open House on Wednesday, October 2 at Youth Communication, 242 W. 38th St., 6th floor, in Manhattan. The Open House runs from 4 pm to 6 pm.

We will orient new writers, welcome back old writers, talk about topics we'd like to cover and changes we'd like to see to the magazine. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

If you plan to come, please let us know:
RSVP here

If you cannot come on October 2, that doesn't mean you can't write for us. Just email Virginia Vitzthum at vvitzthum@youthcomm.org or 212-279-0708 ext. 112 to learn how to start work on a new story or work on an old story.
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Congrats to Chanel and Ms. Farrar

Congrats to Chanel and Ms. Farrar In the "Staff Shout-Out" Chanel pays tribute to Ms. Farrar at Broome Street Academy.

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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