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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If you're a young person in foster care and you like the idea of writing stories that will help your peers, Represent may be the place for you.

Represent writers get published online and in a print magazine that's distributed nationally. The magazine gives young people in care a place to speak out about their experiences and tell their stories. The writers also learn how to be reporters. They conduct interviews and write news stories about things that are important to youth in care.

If you are interested in writing for Represent during the school year, and you live in the New York City area, and you're between the ages of 14 and 21, please click here for more information. Contact Virginia Vitzthum at or 212-279-0708 ext. 112 if you have any questions.

If you live outside the New York City area, please click here to find out how our long-distance writing process works and to apply.

July 6 - August 13, 2020



Our theme this summer is economic inequality. The gap between rich and poor has been widening since the 1970s. The top 1% of Americans now own more than 40% of the wealth in our country. How does this show up in our everyday lives? Why has this country become so unequal? What changes would make our system more fair?

Be part of Youth Communication's 41st annual summer writing workshop. Participate in writing lessons and group activities. Explore your feelings and experiences with economic inequality and write about how to address it. No prior experience is required, but you must be able to attend for all six weeks. Your stories will be published in our magazines YCteen and Represent and may appear in Youth Communication's curricula. All participants receive a stipend plus a daily MetroCard and $10 for lunch.

See full details and the application [pdf]

Apply online by completing the form below.
Or mail to:
Youth Communication, Summer Writing Workshop
242 W. 38th St., 6th floor, New York, NY 10018

Deadline: May 15, 2020

If necessary, we will run this workshop remotely.

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