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 #246 (March/April 2015) issue cover
Immigration

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This writer’s first sexual encounter with a boy is nothing like the romantic experience she envisioned. When he doesn't listen to her refusal, she kicks him out. (full text)

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One way to know you’re ready for sex is that you’re able to have a conversation before you’re in the heat of the moment. Here, tips on how to do that. (full text)

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Julia writes about her observations of gender roles and sexism in society, and explains why she considers herself a feminist. (full text)

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Emily reviews the film adaptation of the theatrical musical and discovers there’s more to the story than just a cast of fairy tale characters romping through a forest. (full text)

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Aissata, an immigrant from Senegal, is stunned by her classmates’ ignorance about Africa. We do wear shoes, she writes, and don't have lions for pets. (full text)

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After the writer moves from Korea to the U.S., his once fun-loving dad struggles to adjust to his new life here, and becomes perpetually angry and demanding. (full text)

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Nhi’s first days in the U.S. are frustrating and unnerving. When she makes an effort to be social, her willingness to step outside her comfort zone is rewarded. (full text)

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At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. (full text)

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Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. (full text)

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The writer never imagines she’ll end up in foster care, but when she does, she discovers its benefits, like dental care and money for college. (full text)

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Contest winners write about the emotional and life-changing benefits of talking to trusted adults about their feelings. (full text)

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The writer expresses his anger at the foster care system by getting into fights until his therapist encourages him to write rap lyrics to let it out instead. (full text)

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Levaunna grew up in Jamaica and had only seen snow romanticized on TV. In New York, she discovers the wintry flakes aren't so magical in real life. (full text)

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Levaunna sees herself reflected in the characters portrayed in the final book of the popular “House of Night” series. (full text)
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