Youth Communication equips and empowers educators and youth workers with real teen-written stories and a literacy-rich training model to engage struggling youth and build their social and emotional learning skills. Our stories, developed in a rigorous writing program, are uniquely compelling to youth whose voices are missing from mainstream content. The stories model social and emotional learning, and show teens how to make positive changes in their lives. They also motivate teens to read and write.
Urban stories written by the teens who have lived through these situations
How I Quit Fast Food
Carmen loves fast food and at one point was eating at McDonald’s every day. Then she reads Chew on This, a book about the dark side of the industry.
Why I Always Use a Condom
The writer has unprotected sex with his girlfriend. She becomes pregnant, has the baby, and cuts off all contact with the writer, who is devastated by guilt and anger.
I Thought I Was Stupid
As she gets older, Sarah finds ways to deal with her learning disability, but it never entirely goes away.
When Someone You Know Dies…
Rubie interviews a grief counselor, who explains that anger and guilt are a normal part of grieving and need to be expressed.