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

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Issue #131 (Winter 2018) issue cover
We Did It

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Mr. McBride boosts Kimani's confidence by finding his strengths and helping him build his skills. (full text)

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This issue shows all the things foster kids can do -- for themselves and for others -- when they can find their own power. (full text)

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Writing and working with an editor helped Zaniyah understand her own anger, forgive herself, and take control of her life. (full text)

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Demetria joins a new Black Lives Matter club in her school. She gets frustrated with her small role, but overcomes her impatience for the sake of the cause. (full text)

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Writers from the 2017 summer writing workshop explore what it means to be an activist. They realize while talking that they actually do quite a lot! (full text)

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The author was sexually abused by her adopted father for several years. After she goes into care, she decides to testify about it, and sends a predator to prison. (full text)

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Quotesia Johnson was part of Shadow Day 2017, where former foster youth tell the U.S. Congress about issues affecting their lives. Five House bills resulted from the youths' testimony. (full text)

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Elvia Victorio works a lot, including as a professional photographer on the weekend. She shares pictures of the rodeos she shoots every Sunday, featuring other hard-working Hispanic immigrants. (full text)

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The author joins a stock trading club at school and does very well. She is treated disrespectfully and eventually pushed out. She has an elegant solution. (full text)

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Marlo starts volunteering mostly to make business connections, but then a foster care organization helps him with college. He vows to keep giving back. (full text)

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Abigail Johnson, Demetria Mack, and Elvia Victorio interview ACS Commissioner David Hansell about his plans to improve foster care. (full text)

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Jazmine reports on Techie Youth, a nonprofit that gives hands-on computer training to foster youth and former foster youth. (full text)

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Salenna tries to become more popular via Facebook and Instagram but it ends up making her feel envious and lonely. Unplugging improves her life. (full text)

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Precious has been homeless and in foster care. Writing has always helped her cope, so she sets up a website to allow others to share their stories. (full text)

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The activities help youth structure stories about their own lives and leads them to explore how and for what causes they could become activists. (full text)
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