The youth-written stories in YCteen give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Falling Into Trust
Opening up to new people is hard.
author image The author feels isolated at school, partly because of abuse at home. She makes a friend and tells him ALMOST everything. She discovers he's held back some secrets too.

When I first started high school, I had no friends. The only time someone spoke to me was to ask “What time is it?” or “Where’s the library?” I felt so alone for my first three weeks... [more]

Moving On Moving On
When I Want to Cut, Instead I.... - How I Stopped Fighting - Forgiving My Father - I Can't Save My Syster - I'm Done With Abusive Boyfriends - PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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Peaceful Warrior The author, frustrated by abuse and unfairness, fights. After hitting a pregnant girl, she realizes she must stop and does, with the help of yoga, running, and therapy. [more]
How to Ditch Bad Habits—and Bad Relationships A therapist explains how abuse and neglect can lead to isolating behaviors like fighting, cutting, substance abuse as well as more abusive relationships. She also gives practical tips for quitting self-destructive habits. [more]
Not My Father's Son V.M.'s father abandons the family and then berates V.M. for crying when his mother dies. V.M. learns how to be a better man by tuning into good role models and his own compassion. [more]
Advocating at Shadow Day Alesha participates in Shadow Day, where New York foster youth get to spend a day with the New York City Council. The youth advocate for changes they'd like to see in the city's foster care system. [more]
Batman and Robin The author is confused by why her family is so mean to her feminine brother. As she learns what "gay" means, she steps up to defend and support him. [more]
How I Heal My Broken Heart The author was molested by her uncle for several years. After she goes into care, she heals her heart with therapy, groups, prayer, good relationships, and writing about it. [more]
Pregnant at 13—What I Wish I’d Heard The author has not-entirely-consensual sex before she’s ready. She’s ashamed that it happened and ashamed to be pregnant. [more]
The Unreal World: Why I Had to Quit Facebook Sabatine is enchanted by the wonders of life online, until Facebook takes over her life and her schoolwork starts to slip. [more]
I Can't Forget The author was raped as a child. She doesn’t realize how traumatized she is until she starts to get physical with her first boyfriend and freaks out. [more]
My Road Through College Victor has extreme anxiety and depression, and it keeps him from passing his college classes. There’s a drug that could help, but he fears it’s “for crazy people.” [more]
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