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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Issue #117 (Summer 2014) issue cover
Is It Love?

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Diamonique pays tribute to her two lawyers, who checked in with her, fought for her, gave her good advice, and inspired her to stay out of trouble. (full text)

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Donyaeh introduces the love issue with the story of his loyal best friend Rebecca, who he's known since they were both 4 years old. (full text)

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The author suffers from the death of her grandmother, her mother's mental illness and withdrawal, and going into foster care. Isaac, first her friend, then her boyfriend, supports her, but she drives him away with her cutting. (full text)

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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels especially lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels, comforts him when he's down, and provides an example of how to succeed. (full text)

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Margaret starts dating Daisy, who continues to see other girls, even as she accuses Margaret of cheating. Margaret tries to change herself to please Daisy, who gets downright abusive. (full text)

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Shateek and Amadou talk about their feelings and keep each other's secrets. They don't let a couple of fights destroy their friendship. (full text)

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Leah endures 20 different foster care placements, all bad, until she moves in with Beatriz and Frankie at age 14. Beatriz teaches Leah about trust, self-respect, and love. (full text)

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Marlo is angry about the death of his mother and rebels against authority. He loses respect for girls until he meets Towanda, who is his intellectual equal. They support each other in straightening out their lives. (full text)

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The author's boyfriend begins pressuring her for sex, acting jealous, and hitting her. It's cheating, however, that's the last straw for her. (full text)

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Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. (full text)

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The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships. (full text)

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Answers to the question, "How have you processed something painful in a way that lets you move forward?" (full text)

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Activities for groups include exploring ways of handling difficult life events and categorizing dating behaviors as violent or disrespectful or OK. (full text)
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