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.
Tearing Our Family Apart
After Jennifer’s mom gets involved with an abusive man, it takes years to repair the damage.
Speaking Up: An interview about reporting and healing from abuse
A therapist explains why abuse can be hard to report, and how youth can deal with feelings of guilt and self-blame.
The Man in the Glass
For years, the writer’s father put alcohol ahead of his family. When he finally admits he’s an alcoholic and enters treatment, he and Jessica are able to connect.