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Not Just a Group House, A Way of Life
I've finally found the family I was looking for.
author image At 28, former Represent writer Natasha has tried all kinds of living situations. A cooperative group house suits her the best.

Last year, I needed a place to live. I’d been staying at my adoptive mother’s house for a year because it was the only place that took IOU’s and didn’t require a deposit. I couldn’t afford to live alone... [more]

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Aging Out Shouldn’t Be This Hard Sharlene does everything right as she prepares to age out. But things go wrong with her housing, benefits, and college, through no fault of her own. [more]
Why I Dropped Out Desmin explains how a tough, crime-ridden high school and chaotic home life put him on the path to dropping out. [more]
From ‘Unteachable’ to Graduate Chris suffers abuse at home, including his adoptive mom not accepting his gender identity. He nearly gives up on school, but in a small school for kids with emotional challenges, he thrives. [more]
I Did It for My Mom Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. Still, she manages to graduate as valedictorian. [more]
Cracking the Tests The author tries and tries to pass her Regents: She hires a tutor, she adjusts her medication, she applies for an IEP. Finally she finds the right supports to pass and graduate. [more]
My IEP Has Me Headed to College Selena struggles in school because of the trauma of foster care -- being abused, switching homes and schools all the time. She resists an IEP, but flourishes once she has one. [more]
Clinton or Trump Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. [more]
The Poor Don’t Choose to Be Poor Jazmine connects bell hooks' insights on class and race to what she sees around her and suggests ways for poor people of color to organize. [more]
Trump: A Dangerous Radical Victor points out that likely presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he is an extremist who incites violence. [more]
Not Just a ‘Tomboy Phase’ Chris, born Tia, never liked dressing or acting like a girl. At an LGBTQ meeting, he meets other transgender youth and realizes who he is. [more]
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