What is the purpose of this site?
Is it only for teens?
There are a lot of stories by teens. Are they true?
Are the teens in foster care?
Who’s behind this site?
What if I see a mistake, or know of a program that
should be listed, or have a suggestion?
How do you keep so much information accurate and
up-to-date?
Who built the site?
Can I reprint information from this site?
Where did the lessons come from?
Attention Youth Communication writers and artists

What is the purpose of this site?

To give teens the information they need to be successful while in foster care and when they leave foster care.

Is it only for teens?

No. We hope staff will also use it to find resources they can share with their teen clients. There are even some lessons that staff can use in their PYA (Preparing Youth for Adulthood) classes. (Teens can use these on their own too.)

There are a lot of stories by teens. Are they true?
Are the teens in foster care?

The stories are true. All of the stories were written by teens in the Youth Communication teen writing program. Most of them were in foster care, but not all of them. Also, all the artwork is by teens in the Youth Communication illustration program. Youth Communication publishes Represent: The Voice of Youth in Care and other magazines and books by and for teens. For more info see www.youthcomm.org.

Who’s behind this site?

This site is a collaboration between three groups: New Yorkers for Children (www.newyorkersforchildren.org), an organization that raises money to help youth in foster care; the Administration for Children’s Services; and Youth Communication. We work together to insure that the site is as accurate and complete as possible. However, Youth Communication is ultimately responsible for the content on the site.

What if I see a mistake, or know of a program that should be listed, or have a suggestion?

Please send a note to info@youthcomm.org. We want to make this site as accurate, complete, and helpful as possible. Your help is important!

How do you keep so much information accurate and up-to-date?

It’s hard! Websites change. Programs change. Eligibility rules change. Always call a program to confirm that they are still doing what we say they’re doing and to get more information. And, if you find changes we haven’t caught, please let us know and we’ll correct them.

Who built the site?

The inspiration for this site—and much of the initial information—came from the amazing What’s Poppin’ newsletter that Lynne Echenberg created at the Children’s Aid Society. Chris Pope, a web designer (and former teen illustrator at Youth Communication) designed and built the website. Other web work was contributed by Efrain Reyes and Jeff Faerber at Youth Communication. A small team at Youth Communication did the research and editorial work: Kendra Hurley, Keith Hefner, Rachel Blustain, Tara Entwistle, Natasha Santos, and Alice Wong. Writers from Represent magazine provided feedback at many stages in the development process. Special thanks to current and former ACS staff Ronni Fuchs, Dominque Jones, and Linda Lausell-Bryant, and to Susan Magazine, executive director of New Yorkers for Children, for all their support.

Can I reprint information from this site?

You can reprint anything for use with or by individual teens or for informal use with small groups of teens. If you want to use the stories, artwork, or photos in other ways (such as in a curriculum, training manual, or agency newsletter) you must contact Youth Communication for permission at info@youthcomm.org. All of the stories, artwork and photos originally appeared in Youth Communication publications and are copyrighted by Youth Communication. All other material is copyrighted by New Yorkers for Children. Contact them for reprint information: www.newyorkersforchildren.org.

Where did the lessons come from?

Most of the lessons were developed at Youth Communication to go along with stories in Represent magazine. They were refined and reprinted in our book Do You Have What It Takes: A Comprehensive Guide for Success After Foster Care, which can be ordered at the Youth Communication store, www.youthcomm.org.

Attention Youth Communication writers and artists:

If, at any point, you decide you would not like to have your photo or story or illustration on this website (or on the Youth Communication website), please let us know and we’ll take it down. Send a note to info@youthcomm.org.

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