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Issue #103 (Winter, 2011) issue cover
Power Up!
Taking Charge of Our Lives

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Suheiri summarizes the upcoming Supreme Court case that will decide if a child can be questioned about abuse in school by a law enforcement agent if the child has not reported abuse herself. (full text)

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Senora introduces the self-empowerment issue by discussing how to build strength by breaking bad patterns and creating healthy boundaries. (full text)

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After her mother dies, the writer is adopted by a family friend, who physically and psychologically abuses her. She gets herself out of that home and her life improves drastically. (full text)

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La'Quesha longs for more freedom from her strict mother. She interviews a fellow teenager who broke away from her own controlling parents. (full text)

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As her boyfriend spirals into depression, Imani longs to be free. Because she can't handle the stress on her own she sees a therapist to help her sort it out. (full text)

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Kamaal decides to stop eating meat and faces surprising resistance from his foster family and some friends. (full text)

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Teyu endures cold showers and not enough food before discovering her foster mother's bizarre secret. (full text)

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Dr. Sylvia Lester talks about how to gain more control by getting out of a bad situation, building resilience, and going after the things you want in life. (full text)

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Lavell summons the courage to stand up to her abusers and later shares her experiences with a supportive therapist so she can begin healing. (full text)

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Last time, Jasmine and Shawn worked on breaking bad spending habits. Now that they've started to save, how do they choose a good bank to keep that money safe? (full text)

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Asia quits high school and finds herself in a homeless shelter at age 18. Then she turns her life around. (full text)

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Jennifer lacks control in many areas of her life, which hits home when she is drugged against her will in a hospital. She then takes more control—for better and worse. (full text)

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Valencia feels like a failure after years of hearing her grandmother's put-downs. She's sent to an RTC, where she meets supportive people who help rebuild her self-esteem. (full text)

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The writer grows apart from her beloved siblings after a family tragedy. Watching her sisters fall apart, she feels guilty but realizes her survival depends on finishing school and going to college. (full text)

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As an African-American male who grew up in foster care, Orlando feels a double stigma. But he’s determined to succeed in college. (full text)

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Essay contest winners describe a time when they felt pressured to do something they didn’t agree with. (full text)

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Essay contest winners describe what the word “empowerment” means to them. (full text)
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