It has been our observation that youth, in particular high risk youth, have great difficulty in communicating their needs. As a result, they often react rather than respond to individuals and situations…sometimes violently. “Express Yourself!” was developed to provide an overview of the how and why youth are at high risk for being misunderstood, and sometimes exploited and abused, due to their inability to clearly convey what they are thinking and/or feeling. Through examination of the physical, psychological and social aspects of communication, participants receive insight into the communication patterns they use, as well as the communication patterns used by others. Techniques and Tools for increasing communication skills are discussed and used, so that participants can better know and understand how to communicate more effectively and more skillfully manage their lives in our fast-paced, changing world.