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Meetings and Conferences

Learn About Real Stories at These Events

We will add conferences as they are confirmed. We’d love to see you at our workshops.

Previous Conferences

April 29, 2011: Using Real Men in schools and after school programs, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) annual conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

November 4-6, 2010: National Middle School Association Conference
Baltimore, MD

November 3, 2010: Robert Bowne Foundation workshop on integrating literacy activities into after school programs, using
Real Men
and Real Stories.

November 2, 2010: New York City Public School Librarians annual conference, "Reaching Reluctant Readers" using Real Men,
Real Stories
, and other Youth Communication resources

October 12, 2010: Panel on Real Men, Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement
New York, NY

April 16, 2009: National Conference on Summer Learning
Chicago, Illinois

February 11, 2009: Foundations Beyond School Hours XII
Burlingame, California

May 28, 2008: The After-School Experience Conference
Albany, New York

May 8, 2008: Quality Programming for Older Youth
The After-School Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

May 1, 2008: Best of Out-of-School Time Conference
Palm Springs, CA

April 17, 2008: Summer Changes Everything
Center for Summer Learning, Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 11, 2008: Out-of-School Time for High School Youth, Focus on Practice
Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, Houston, Texas

March 13, 2008: National Conference
National Afterschool Association, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

November 27, 2007: The After School Experience
Statewide Afterschool Conference, Tarrytown, New York

Press and Awards

Association of Educational Publishers—June 2011

2011 Winner, Best Curriculum (Life Skills & Character Education), Association of Educational Publishers

Real Men was named "Best Curriculum" (Life Skills and Character Education) in the Distinguished Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Association of Education Publishers (AEP).

The AEP is comprised of the major educational publishers in the nation, including Scholastic, Time for Kids, National Geographic, Highlights and Weekly Reader. Youth Communication competes directly with these large companies and adult-written publications for the AEP awards.

Real Men uses short, nonfiction stories written by males teens to explore common challenges and situations facing young men. The activities prepare youth to work through difficult sutations by using critical thinking, positive decision-making, and goal setting. Real Men also includes an 18-minute film of one young man's journey from high school dropout to high school principal.


School-Age Notes—September 2008
“Engagement Key for Successful Teen Literacy Programs”

Sarah Jonas (Children's Aid Society) and Eric Gurna (Development Without Limits) report on the importance of “compelling and relevant literature” to middle school youth:

Youth Today - Real Stories, Real Teens

"The Children's Aid Society" began using the Real Stories program because staff members said they felt the curriculum was developmentally appropriate for adolescents and would help them develop literacy and life skills (particularly in the social, moral and emotional domains)...

“Staff members report that youth who might otherwise be turned off by reading in an after-school program are engaged because 'the stories cover a range of topics that really speak to young people's interests, concerns and vision of the world—and themselves’ ” [PDF of article]


Association of Educational Publishers—June 2008

Real Stories, Real Teens named "Best Curriculum Package" by AEP

Real Stories, Real Teens was named "Best Curriculum Package for a Specialized Audience" (Grades 9-12, Nonfiction) in the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Awards, a prestigious competition sponsored by the Association of Education Publishers (AEP).

The AEP is comprised of the major educational publishers in the nation, including Scholastic, Time for Kids, National Geographic, Highlights and Weekly Reader. Youth Communication competes directly with these large companies and adult-written publications for the AEP awards.


Youth Today—February 2008
“Let’s Stress the Fun in Fundamental,” by Jane Quinn, February 2008

Ms. Quinn surveys four innovative programs that integrate literacy and youth development. She writes:

Youth Today - Real Stories, Real Teens

“The answer is not to do more of what schools do. We have ample evidence that many schools are turning kids off to reading with their low-interest content, overly standardized instructional processes, and stifling emphasis on test preparation….

“In contrast to this all-too-familiar scenario of failure, consider these recent innovations designed to appeal to teenagers’ interests, needs, and thirst for relevance:

“Real Stories, Real Teens is an after school literacy curriculum that uses peer-written stories to promote literacy and social-emotional learning. Created by Youth Communication in partnership with Development Without Limits, this program incorporates chapters from the Bluford High School series of young adult novels….” [PDF of article]

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