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The Path to Advocacy
From finding your voice to changing the system
author image Five youth advocates, ages 21-30, who were themselves in foster care, discuss how they told their own stories, learned to communicate effectively, began helping others, and their ideas for system change.

Five former foster children who now work as youth advocates came to the Represent office recently. The advocates talked for two and a half hours... [more]

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How I'd Fix Foster Care - More Housing Options After Aging Out - Interview with ACS Commissioner Carrión - The Fight for Free Tuition -PLUS - Win $350!
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FEATURED STORIES
What Helped Me When I Was Homeless Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. [more]
Nowhere to Go At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. [more]
Making the Best Out of Foster Care The writer never imagines she’ll end up in foster care, but when she does, she discovers its benefits, like dental care and money for college. [more]
The Power of No This writer’s first sexual encounter with a boy is nothing like the romantic experience she envisioned. When he doesn't listen to her refusal, she kicks him out. [more]
Representing Otis looks back at writing for Represent for five years and how it's helped him get in touch with his feelings and inspire others. [more]
The Stereotypes in Racist Words Chimore ponders how other black people use the "n" word lightly. The word's history as a tool of oppression ultimately keeps her from joining them in using this or any slur. [more]
Movie Review: <i>Annie</i> The classic film was remade for modern times, and it gets a lot of details about foster care right. [more]
Rising Above Alcohol Addiction Erica went into foster care partly because her mother was an alcoholic. This abandonment contributes to Erica's mental illness, which she fights with therapy, so she can be a better mom to her own kids. [more]
When You’re the Abuser The author is raised by a volatile and abusive mother. When she finds herself acting like her mother and screaming at her boyfriend, she is appalled. She gets therapy. [more]
Eating Gluten-Free Yaselin is diagnosed with celiac disease. She educates herself -- and us -- about what people allergic to gluten can eat. [more]
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