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TiP for Teachers

As an authentic platform for youth voice, Teens in Print is an accessible resource for classroom learning.


Introduce your students to Teens in Print.

Teens in Print welcomes 8th through 12th grade students into our virtual after-school program every three weeks. No journalism experience is required. In addition to helping teens build their writing and critical thinking skills, we also provide college writing support. Share this form below with your students, and we’ll get them connected to our after-school programming.

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Have your students submit writing for publication.

Teens in Print encourages teachers to support their students in submitting writing to our website. We accept submissions of any kind on a rolling basis: journalism, academic, personal, or creative. Our publication provides students with a broad and influential audience.

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Receive student writing from Teens in Print.

Teens in Print is publishing student journalism and multimedia content online. Sign up below to receive student writing in your inbox, and read our students’ work here.

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Teens in Print

Amplifying youth voice across Boston.

Teens in Print (TiP) is a writing program created to amplify the marginalized voices of eighth to twelfth-grade Boston students. TiP offers an after-school program, an intensive six-week summer writing program, writing and media literacy workshops for Boston teachers and community organizations, and an online platform for student writing.

Who we are

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive writing program that encourages and celebrates the diversity of thought and identity. TiP believes that empowering students to explore, refine, and share their ideas is a prerequisite to creating young adults who do well in the world and for the world.

We strive to give students the tools to effectively share their experiences and perspectives through writing, the platform to reach decision-makers who can act on their ideas, and the knowledge to become thoughtful consumers of media.


Join TiP and share your story.

At Teens in Print (TiP), we seek to uplift young voices that are historically marginalized and often excluded in traditional media. Students who join our program will connect with peers from across Boston, learn about writing and media, and publish writing on our website: teensinprint.com.

TiP students are free to explore their own interests and passions. From op-eds and advocacy letters to listicles and photo essays, our students try out all sorts of writing and creative expression.

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Read our students' work

Remember this friendly face from our pros & conversation this year?! Author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From and Borderless
Jennifer has also been nominated for Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award 🙌🏾so TiPster please click the link below to vote!

https://www.mateenchoicebook.org

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In honor of Latinx heritage month, here’s a #tbt article by our TiP Alumn Eddie Conley that explores the complexities of his Latinx identities Titled “What should a Latino look like?” Take a read
https://teensinprint.com/what-should-a-latino-look-like/

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TiP for Teachers

Sign up to receive student writing from Teens in Print, schedule a workshop for your classroom, or submit student writing for publication.


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Summer Journalism Institute

Discover journalism. Develop your future. Dive into Boston.

Teens in Print’s Summer Journalism Institute (SJI) aims to give Boston teens an immersive writing experience through culturally enriching outings that encourage students to interrogate the history of Boston as it relates to them using key journalism skills.

By interacting with public and cultural spaces they may not traditionally have access to, students will be able to claim ownership over larger societal narratives and produce pieces of writing that reflect their enhanced understanding of their unique position within the city of Boston. Through a combination of writing and multimedia projects, students will contribute to and challenge some of the established narratives that define people’s lived experiences in this city.

Applications for SJI are closed.

Join us next summer!

From Snapchat, to Twitter, to Buzzfeed, news is everywhere you look. Your generation is the first to have 24/7 access to everything going on in the world—but that comes with a unique set of challenges. Couple this with growing up in the city of Boston and suddenly you are the center of historical narratives that have combined with current trends that ultimately shape how people view and behave in this city. We aim to help you find your place within these larger narratives and use your voice to positively contribute to the world around you. 

As a journalist this summer, you’ll get to test out the power of your voice and identity and leave with sharpened media skills, something you’ll be able to apply in the future whether you’re a reporter on the White House beat, or simply reading your news app on the T.

By the end of this hybrid six-week program, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of journalism, plus several published pieces of writing and multimedia content.

SJI is a dynamic program, and every day looks a little different. Here’s a sample of what you might experience:

  • The day will begin with a check-in with a group of 30 of your peers.  
  • Next, you’ll break into small writing modules to talk about the piece you’re working on.
  • After a break, you’ll take some independent time to work on your piece.
  • You’ll have a dedicated mentor and small group check-ins to talk about your writing, ask for and offer feedback, and discuss challenges. 
  • The full group will come back together to share and debrief at the end of each day.

Throughout the summer, you’ll participate in multi-media workshops and explore historical landmarks across this city. You might hear from seasoned journalists, speak to professionals of color about navigating race and equity issues in the workplace, or network with adults in fields like marketing, law, and the arts.

Applications are currently closed. Consider joining us next summer.

Who participates in SJI?
Each year, we welcome 35 to 40 teens who live in Boston and will be attending high school in September. These teens come from a vast array of neighborhoods and attend dozens of different schools across the city. Approximately 40% of our participants speak a language other than English at home.

When does SJI take place?
SJI runs for six weeks, July 5 to August 13, Monday – Friday. We ask that all participants are able to commit to attending all six weeks of programming.

Where is SJI held?
SJI will be both in-person and virtual this year. You’ll join us in person for the first three days of programming as we review program expectations and equip you with access to our Discord server that we will use to meet virtually. Every Wednesday we will meet in person for the second half of the day and go on a field trip. For the last three weeks, we will be in person at Babson College located in downtown Boston. 

Why should I join?
Earning a byline is hard, even for adult professional journalists. But after just six weeks in the Summer Journalism Institute, you’ll be published on the Teens in Print website. Having a publication on your resume will help you stand out for other professional opportunities—like college and internships. Past participants have talked about their experience with SJI in job interviews, asked SJI mentors for feedback on their college essays, and requested recommendation letters.

 

How do I get paid?
Participants will receive a paycheck of up to $637.50 every other week. Checks will be mailed to participants’ homes. Direct deposit is not available.

Do I need to have experience in journalism to join?
No. We do not expect participants to have experience in journalism prior to joining our program. We look for participants who are curious about the world, passionate about something and ready to learn.  

What if I don’t have a laptop computer that I can use?
While students are free to use their own computer, we have laptops available for students to borrow during the summer. Students who borrow technology will be asked to sign a contract along with their parent/guardian.

If I don’t have a lot of writing experience, is SJI for me?
Whether you’re a published poet or you’ve never written a word, our mentor team at SJI will meet you where you are. Our job is to push you to grow as a writer – you just need to be excited about telling your story, and willing to practice writing every day.

While everyone will be required to write in some capacity, we’re open to having students work on products that aren’t explicitly writing, such as a photojournalism series.

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Support Great Writing

We’re committed to building impactful partnerships with organizations and individuals who are invested in the next generation.

Opportunities to volunteer—as a group or as an individual—are listed below. We aim to build mutually beneficial partnerships that support the success of young people and have opportunities throughout the year. To discuss other ways to get engaged, please contact Anne Shackleford, Director of Development and Communication.

Become a Source for Teen Writers

Offer your industry expertise to budding journalists. Add your contact information to our source list to be a valuable resource for young reporters.

When you sign up, students may reach out to you for a quote, interview, or for background information in your area of expertise. If you agree, your name and organization will be published as an authority for readership across the city.

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Read for the Rising Voices Awards

The Rising Voices Awards (RVA) are presented for each quarterly cycle of Teens in Print, our writing program for Boston middle and high schoolers. Winning students receive a cash prize and special recognition on the Teens in Print website.

As a reader for RVA, you’ll celebrate excellent writing and engage in meaningful volunteering. Partners volunteer to read and score a selection of nominated articles to decide each cycles’ Rising Voices Award winners.

Sign up to be a reader

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in WriteBoston. To submit an inquiry, please use the form below or call us directly at 617-541-2604.


    Join Our Team

    Current Job Openings

    Afterschool Teen Program Facilitator (Part-time)

    Teens in Print, a program of WriteBoston, is looking for a part-time youth programming facilitator to assist with after-school programming. 

    Our afterschool youth journalism program is peaking with an all-time high of youth participants. This means it’s time to find extra help!  Are you a college student with a passion for journalism or writing, or maybe even debate? Is building an inclusive community with teens right up your alley? Then you might just be the one. Read on for more details!

    Teens in Print is a program of WriteBoston. Teens in Print (TiP) is a writing program created to amplify the marginalized voices of eighth to twelfth grade Boston students grades 8-12. We strive to give students the tools to share their experiences and perspectives through writing, the platform to reach decision-makers who can act on their ideas, and the knowledge to become thoughtful consumers of media.

    We invite students of all writing levels and backgrounds to share their stories with a larger audience, because we believe that empowering students to explore, refine, and share their ideas is a prerequisite to creating young adults who do well in the world and for the world. More on us at teensinprint.com.

    Employment dates: October 2022 – June 2023 

    Programming Cycles: Our after-school program runs in 8-10 week writing cycles. Below are the dates when the program facilitator would work directly with students. In between writing cycles, tasks will focus on editing and curriculum development. 

    • Fall Cycle: October 4th – December 14th (2022)
    • Winter Cycle: January 10th – March 22nd (2023)
    • Spring Cycle: March 28th – June 7th (2023)

    *There is the option to opt into an individual writing cycle or commit to a full school year. 

    Days and hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 pm in-person, and Wednesdays from 3-6 pm online (via Discord)

    In-person Location: Programming on Tuesdays and Thursdays will take place at the offices of the Boston Business Journal which is located in Downtown Crossing. 

    Hourly rate: $16.00 per hour 

    Hours per week: up to 15 hours per week (6 hours for program facilitation and additional asynchronous hours for online editing and writing support)

    We offer:

    • The opportunity to be part of an amazing young and vibrant team 
    • Experiences to build and grow your mentoring, editing, and facilitation skills
    • The chance to gain valuable experience while still in school
    • The opportunity to do work that matters for other Bostonians 
    • Orientation prior to hiring 

    Hiring Requirements: 

    • Must be between the ages of 19-24
    • Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston
    • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States

    Primary Responsibilities: 

    • Providing feedback and edits on student writing 
    • Developing and implementing community-building activities
    • Supporting the facilitation of key components of of our writing curriculum
    • Serving as a positive role model for Boston teens
    • Providing Teens in Print staff feedback on program structure, content, and student engagement opportunities

    Qualifications for the position: 

    • Interest in helping students develop their writing 
    • Familiarity with journalism
    • Comfortable with public speaking and leading groups of students
    • Capable of working independently but also interested in collaboration and being part of a high-energy, diverse team environment 
    • A similar lived experience as our core teen audience is desired, as is proficiency in Spanish, Creole or a language other than English

    To apply: All interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Mohamed Barrie at mohamedbarrie@writeboston.org 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    External Editor (Volunteer Role)

    TiP needs your help, external editors! Teens in Print, a program of WriteBoston, is looking for volunteers to assist us with editing student writing. 

    Our afterschool youth journalism program is peaking with an all-time high of youth participants. This means it’s time to find extra help!  Are you curious about what Boston teens have to say? Do you want to give back and help us develop the writing skills, critical thinking and storytelling abilities of Boston teens? Are you (or do you have a background as) a journalist, writer, editor or English teacher? Then you might just be the one. Read on for more details!

    Teens in Print is a program of WriteBoston. Teens in Print (TiP) is a writing program created to amplify the marginalized voices of eighth to twelfth grade Boston students grades 8-12. We strive to give students the tools to share their experiences and perspectives through writing, the platform to reach decision-makers who can act on their ideas, and the knowledge to become thoughtful consumers of media. We invite students of all writing levels and backgrounds to share their stories with a larger audience, because we believe that empowering students to explore, refine, and share their ideas is a prerequisite to creating young adults who do well in the world and for the world. More on us at teensinprint.com.

    Period of volunteering: October 2022 – June 2023 depending on your availability

    Programming Cycles: Our after-school program runs in 8-10 week writing cycles. Publication on week 11. Below is the breakdown of the cycles. 

    • Fall Cycle: October 4th – December 14th (2022)
    • Winter Cycle: January 10th – March 22nd (2023)
    • Spring Cycle: March 28th – June 7th (2023)

    Time investment: +-  7 hours per cycle 

    • Editors will get an editing cocoon. This is a group of 3-4 students.
    • You’ll receive 3 to 4 pieces of student writing at 850 to 1100 words each. 
    • There will be two editing batches. You will have 7 days to make edits For the fall cycle: 
      • First batch sent to you in the week of November 6. Your edits are due in 7 days. 
      • Second batch (final line edits) sent on November 30. Your edits are due in 7 days 
    • We host an editors meet-up at the end of the cycle. This is a feedback and celebration moment. Attendance is not a must, but would be nice!

    Editors role:

    • Asynchronous editing in Google docs (you need a gmail address) 
    • Online editing experience 
    • Line editing: clarity, grammar, leaving tips for students, AP style
    • Leave your comments as “suggestions” in Google docs 

    We intend to:

    • Bring our editors closer to student writing
    • Provide TiP swag and goodies 
    • Highlight and give love to our editors work via our social media and newsletter 
    • Give our editors the opportunity to do work that matters for other Bostonians 
    • Hold an editors orientation meeting prior to the first editing cycle 

    Desired volunteer profile: 

    • Interest in helping students develop their writing 
    • Familiarity with journalism, writing, editing, experience / or currently  teaching
    • Comfortable with editing writing for clarity, grammar, and style
    • Comfortable with Google Docs

    To apply: All interested send an email to Mohamed Barrie at mohamedbarrie@writeboston.org


    Our Partners

    Our partners have transformed their approach to student literacy and writing. Since 2002, we have partnered with approximately 50 schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations.

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    Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

    Partnership: 2016 – 2022

    How do we prepare students to meet the complex, industry-specific writing and reading demands of technical and vocational professions?

    Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, a Boston Public turn-around school, provides training in 20 technical vocational programs. 

    Whether career or college bound, students need to be confident readers and writers: able to read dense technical manuals as an auto-mechanic or electrician, or document patient outcomes as a medical assistant. A WriteBoston instructional coach supports teachers as they build the literacy skills students need to succeed in their chosen fields.

    Coaching has impacted early career and veteran teachers alike. A veteran teacher commented, “As an experienced educator, I really thought I didn’t need any assistance. Kelly has taught me different strategies on lesson plans, differentiated instruction, and assessments. [Coaching] allowed me to increase student achievement and instructional dialogue.”

    Read more about the partnership.

    Chelsea Public Schools

    Partnership: 2015 – 2020

    “How do we build capacity to support all of our students in grappling with complex reading and writing?  What does this look like at every level of a school district: for teachers, coaches, and administrators?”

    After six months with a WriteBoston coach supporting teachers at Wright Academy, the Chelsea Public Schools decided to think bigger. Why not transform literacy instruction across Chelsea’s three middle schools, so that every student has access to aligned and strong instruction?

    District leaders knew it couldn’t happen overnight. More than that, transformation would require understanding and buy-in at every level. But together, the Chelsea Public Schools and WriteBoston designed a three-year plan to support students, teachers, coaches, administrators, and district leaders.

    Initial feedback has been excellent. As one district coach wrote: “When I heard we had another trainer this year, I was less than thrilled. However, this is one training (and trainer) I actually learned from and walked away with immediate action steps, plans, ideas and resources to test out literally the next day.”

    Download the full partnership profile. (PDF)

    City Year Boston

    Partnership: 2015 – 2019

    “What literacy tools, strategies, and knowledge do City Year corps members need to support school communities and impact the students they serve?”

    Nearly 200 City Year corps members work in 20+ Boston Public schools — reaching over 1,000 students each year. Corps members, young and passionate, often have little prior experience in urban education. To help them navigate their complex work in schools, City Year provides ongoing  training to every corps member. When literacy was identified as a central area of need, City Year Boston called WriteBoston’s Director of Programming and Training, Jessie Gerson.

    Together, WriteBoston and City Year developed a series of workshops based on core literacy practices and feedback from Corps members. And support didn’t end with workshops. To help corps members as they tested out strategies in their own schools, WriteBoston conducted classroom observations, hosted office hours for corps members, and provided thought partnering with City Year leadership.

    Feedback from Corps Members has been glowing. Over nine training sessions, more than 99% of the 130+ volunteer respondents rated the trainings as “good” or “excellent” — the top two ratings on a five-point scale.

    Read more about the partnership.

    Five District Partnership

    Partnership: 2015 – 2018

    “What does good “grade-level” writing look like? How do we assess it, and how does that assessment guide instruction? How do we scale and align great instruction happening in one classroom to multiple classrooms, schools, and districts?”

    The Five District Partnership (5DP) is an innovative joint education effort among the districts of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop to improve instruction and academic achievement. Born after research showed a high rate of mobility among students within the five districts, the collaborative has already made incredible progress.

    WriteBoston’s relationship with the 5DP started small–with a series of summer workshops for teachers–but quickly expanded. To meet areas of critical need in literacy, WriteBoston and the 5DP launched a two-year project to design, pilot, and bring to scale argument-based writing assessments in middle schools across all five districts.

    Funded by the Cummings Foundation, this project impacted an estimated 10,000 students. The work was spearheaded by a WriteBoston facilitator and a working group of coaches and teacher leaders from across five districts, who have continued to shepherd this work after the partnership officially ended.

    Cove Davis, the 5DP’s Executive Administrator for Curriculum and Development, said: “WriteBoston has been one of our key professional development partners. Facilitators from WriteBoston are dynamic, experienced, and responsive to the needs of teachers.”

    Boston Community Leadership Academy

    Partnership: 2002 – 2015

    At Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA), teachers and administrators alike credit WriteBoston with helping to transform the school’s approach to professional development.

    Kelly Knopf-Goldner, a WriteBoston coach, worked on-site with teachers two days a week. BCLA educators say that Kelly has brought coherence and focus to teachers’ professional growth and classroom instruction.

    Headmaster Brett Dickens said, “Before WriteBoston, I always found professional development to be discouraging for teachers – too many presenters with no credibility and no follow-up. Now, with Kelly, the professional development is institutionalized, planned, teacher-driven, and sustained.”

    Download the full school profile (PDF)

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    Greater Lawrence Technical School

    Partnership: 2011 – 2014

    Teachers at Greater Lawrence Technical School admit that they were somewhat skeptical at first about working with a WriteBoston coach. Many of them recalled frustrating past experiences with “expert consultants,” whose support was not tailored to their needs and rarely resulted in meaningful change to their practice. When Rebecca Steinitz began working with the faculty in the fall of 2011, she knew she had to deliver professional development that was relevant, customized, and actionable.

    Two years later, teachers and administrators alike reported that their work with WriteBoston had a profound impact on teaching practice and on the overall culture of the school. Student writing grew dramatically in volume and quality. Teachers now hold students to high expectations for literacy, writing, and critical thinking, not only in English classes but in other academic subjects and in vocational classes as well.

    Download the full school profile (PDF)


    Professional Development & Coaching

    Building capacity through collaboration.

    WriteBoston grounds its relationships with schools and partners in compelling questions. We believe that the work of education is powerful and complex and we are drawn to dilemmas of practice—“Why are students still turning in paint-by-numbers writing?” “How can we help students who are struggling readers engage in writing with complex text and ideas?” “How do we make sure we are doing right by our students who are English Language Learners?”

    Our model for powerful partnerships emphasizes flexibility and accountability. We value the expertise and professionalism that educators bring to their classrooms, schools, and districts and seek to empower them in their work.

    We do not believe in a single curriculum or one size fits all professional development. Our goal is the kind of deep growth that requires buy-in and understanding at every level of a school or organization. Our toolkit of support includes:

    WriteBoston coaches work with teachers – both new and experienced – to teach their content through targeted literacy strategies (writing, of course, but listening, speaking, and reading as well). These methods promote students’ critical thinking and meaning making. Coaches provide resources and professional development to keep teachers learning and improving their practice. What coaching looks like can vary:

    • A coach meets one-on-one with teachers during planning periods to help develop units and lessons, create assessments, and devise effective teaching strategies. The coach then follows up in the classroom with co-teaching or observation.
    • A coach meets weekly with a department or teacher teams to provide workshops, reflect on student work, and develop and align school-wide language and practices.
    • A coach facilitates school-wide professional development on a particular aspect of literacy across the curriculum.

    Read about a successful coaching partnership at Boston Community Leadership Academy.

    Schools and districts that employ embedded coaches know that coaching can be demanding—and often isolating. With an expert staff of instructional leaders who possess extensive coaching experience, WriteBoston is able to support literacy coaches in their daily work of translating literacy best practices into actionable supports and strategies that can be shared with classroom teachers.

    Tasked with wearing multiple hats, coaching requires a body of content knowledge around instruction broadly, and literacy specifically. At the same time, effective coaches also know how to work with adults to advance their learning. That can be a tall order, even for the most skilled educators.

    Based on the needs of our partners, WriteBoston strengthens the capacity of school and district coaches around both content and coaching strategies that enable them to deepen their impact on classroom instruction.

    Read about a successful partnership that includes coaching-the-coach support.

    Professional development done well—responsive to authentic needs, deeply tied to implementation, and delivered with an awareness of who’s in the classroom—can lead to real change. WriteBoston provides workshops on a broad range of topics, all tailored or created specifically for the particular context of the partner.

    WriteBoston pairs skillful workshops with implementation support such as modeling, co-planning sessions, and short-term coaching, to ensure that the practices and strategies at the core of the workshops become a part of daily classroom instruction and truly reach students.

    We support educators across disciplines and content areas, with the knowledge that developing strong literacy skills happens across department and school buildings.

    As an external partner, we have the unique opportunity to maintain a strategic focus on literacy in all its forms—and to ensure that the work of educators across all levels of the school ecosystem (teachers, building coaches, principals and district leaders) are aligned, coordinated and supporting powerful instructional practices in the classroom.

    This work can include administrator versions of teacher/coach workshops, support aligning evaluation with instructional best practices, learning walks and literacy audits all geared towards creating impact and coherence across schools and districts.

    WriteBoston has partnered with approximately 50 schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations to increase student achievement and foster students as writers: flexible, thoughtful communicators and problem solvers. We work closely with our partners to help them unpack the questions they are wrestling with, to understand the implications for students, and to develop a measurable plan of action.


    Our Board

    WriteBoston Board of Directors


    James Tierney
    Board President
    Managing Director, New England Market
    JLL Boston

    Phillip Page
    Board Vice President
    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
    Cambridge College

    Doug Banks
    Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
    Executive Editor
    Boston Business Journal

    Frannie Moyer
    Board Secretary
    Career Educator, Mentor, and Volunteer

    Corey Allen
    Trade Partner Diversity & Community Outreach Officer
    Suffolk

    Caren Arnstein
    Development Committee Chair
    (Retired) Former Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications
    Sanofi Genzyme

    Caitlin Dodge
    Chief Executive Officer
    ThinkArgus

    Celeste Lee
    Philanthropy Consultant
    Adjunct Instructor, Brandeis

    Nick Martin
    Governance Committee Chair
    Senior Director
    Bully Pulpit Interactive

    Deborah Spencer
    Chief Marketing Officer
    The Castle Group

    Claudius Zorokong
    Community Development Banking Relationship Manager
    Bank of America