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 #126 (Fall 2016) issue cover
Solving School

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Mrs. Annette keeps expectations high for Justin and shows her disappointment when he messes up. He strives to be his best self because of her. (full text)

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The Solving School issue includes stories about the special challenges foster youth face in school. Many of their struggles could be eased by trauma-informed care. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Chefalo is a trainer and advocate who pinpoints ways that principals and teachers could use trauma-informed care to help their students in foster care. (full text)

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Desmin explains how a tough, crime-ridden high school and chaotic home life put him on the path to dropping out. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Bryant joins the youth program Police Explorers, and then gets racially profiled by two officers who haul him down to the station. He explores both sides of the issue of police harassment of young black men. (full text)

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Marlo attends a for-profit college and gets into some debt. He researches for-profits and finds out that public schools are a better value. (full text)

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Chris is bullied relentlessly in middle school, which makes it impossible to learn. The school won't help him, but he finally gets a safety transfer to a school that doesn't tolerate bullying. (full text)

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The author is serving an eight-year sentence in prison and taking college classes while there so she can come out with her bachelor's degree. (full text)

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These activities include exploring resilience and encouraging others; brainstorming about how school could better serve everyone; and writing about hiding your true feelings. (full text)
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