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A program of YouthCare, The Zine Project was an eight week prevocational creative writing program serving homeless youth ages 15-22. Ziners (Zine interns) were paid to make zines (pronounced zeen, short for magazine). Zines are personal publications consisting of original writing and artwork.
Zine took place at University District Youth Center (UDYC), a homeless youth drop-in center in Seattle’s U-district. Youth were hired on a first come first serve basis by a ProYouth Case Manager, who not only hired, but served as a pre-vocational support to youth looking for job success.
Ziners showed up to UDYC, grabbed breakfast and started the mornings with a literary concept, a short story or poem and a writing prompt dished out by Zine Instructor, Finn Cottom.
Youth then spent the rest of the time creating original publications. Zines are viewable on the “Zine Reading Room” page.
The Zine Project was part of the Working Zone consortium, and received funding from the City of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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