Programs for Youth
Ages 14-19


 Writing and Communication


For Youth
Youth programs for ages 14-19 are designed to not only develop writing skills but also build confidence in self, communication, and to prepare for success after graduation. Through these programs, youth are published in quarterly zines, the Podium annual literary journal, and showcased via performances within program sites and the city!
Power of the Pen
Power of the Pen promotes personal, emotional, and creative skill building through writing and communication activities with a primary focus on using writing as a tool for positive personal expression.
Creative Expression Collective
Creative Expression Collective gives youth a space to expand their academic, professional, and creative skills through writing and communication. This program builds on the skills and inner writer within youth to grow their creative reach and communication with others.
Healthy Communication
Creates a space for those learning English to express and process experiences in both English and their native languages and to build healthy communication practices.
 Professional Development and Personal Success


Financial Literacy
(ages 10 – 19)
A program for youth to learn about the critical monetary components of every-day life. Youth build tools needed for financial success by exploring employment,buying power and budgets, banking, debt, credit, and time-management.
Collegiate and Professional Prep Course
(ages 14 – 19)
This program prepares high schoolers for post-graduation. Youth draft college applications, personal statements, résumés, scholarship essays, and practice professional and university interviews.
Teen Professional Conference
(ages 14 – 19)
The Teen Professional Conference (TPC) is a multi-day summer program that creates a space for teen leaders to engage in professional development and advanced writing workshops. Youth practice critical thinking through writing and advanced group dynamics. Networking with professionals across fields, youth connect their passions and skills with careers as they plan for post-graduation.
Writing Mentorship Project
(ages 15 – 19)
The Writing Mentorship Project (WMP) allows high school upperclassmen to participate in a 6-week intensive summer internship that expands their skills in professional confidence. Teen leaders create writing workshops to facilitate within summer programs for ages 10-13, as well as develop skills in group dynamics and project management. WMP interns have mentored youth from The Peter Paul Development Center, taught workshops at the Full STEAM Ahead Conference, worked with middle schoolers at Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, and much more. This opportunity to mentor peers empowers teens as leaders and helps them discover their career passions and pathways to success. This internship has the potential to be paid thanks to partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Academy.

Podium Video Reflections



Teen Professional Conference




Writing Mentorship Project