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Issue #124 (Spring 2016) issue cover
Adulthood: From the Inside Out

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Selena details how her socio-therapist gained her trust by listening to Selena, praising her, and not judging her for her past behaviors. (full text)

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Overview of the issue on adulthood, emphasizing the social and emotional learning core competencies as the foundation of healthy maturity. (full text)

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The author is forced by her mother and stepfather to be the maid and nanny to her younger half-siblings. In kinship care, she's allowed to be a child again. (full text)

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The author was physically and emotionally abused. When she ages out of care, she finds that years of being put down keep her from going after work or college. (full text)

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The author, who has a son, doesn't learn until she's 19 that she doesn't have a green card. She scrambles to get that before she ages out. (full text)

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Marlo has held eight jobs between ages 14 and 21. Each one teaches him something about work success, which he shares along with interviewing tips. (full text)

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Career counselor Katherine Jo marks up the résumé of a young job-seeker and explains what employers want to see. (full text)

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Victor's interview with a philosopher inspires him to question how he tells morally good actions from bad ones. Is it pure logic or should feelings be part of the equation? (full text)

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The author has odd jobs and public assistance, but cannot make ends meet, so she sells sex for money. After a few months, she decides the emotional toll is too great. (full text)

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A former foster youth talks about how reaching out for support and connecting with others who grew up in care helps her as an adult. (full text)

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A former foster youth, now 28, shares his advice for healing and growing as an adult, including therapy, art-making, yoga, and positive friends. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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The author invites a pregnant friend and two small children to live with her, giving them her bedroom. It does not work out. (full text)

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One group activity helps youth identify job skills; in the other they list life goals and the things that help or hinder them from those aspirations. (full text)
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