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.


This year's workshop theme is racism. Be part of a group of 12 young people who will participate in writing lessons, discussions, and group activities. Explore your feelings about and experiences with race and social justice. Write stories that will help other young people see they are not alone in their experiences of discrimination. Share your ideas for change that will lead to more fair and just schools and communities.

Our newsroom is a safe space for open conversations. Guest speakers and field trips will deepen our understanding of these topics. No prior writing experience is required, but you must be able to attend for all six weeks. Your stories will be published in our publications and may appear in Youth Communication’s curricula.

Depending on the COVID situation, the workshop may be held in person at our offices on West 38th Street, over Zoom, or both. If attending either in person or by Zoom would be a problem, please briefly explain why (e.g., no WiFi where you live). Your COVID-related needs will not impact your acceptance into the program. We will try our best to make accommodations. The editors you work with in person will be vaccinated.

All participants receive a stipend. If we meet in person, a daily MetroCard and for lunch will also be provided. Proper PPE and health guidelines will be followed and enforced.

Dates: Tuesday, July 6 to Friday, August 13

For New York City youth ages 15-20

Deadline: May 14, 2021

Click here for more info and to apply