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Issue #251 (March/April 2016) issue cover
Relationships—Things Change

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When Jovani's supportive, loving mother unexpectedly dies, he deals with her painful absence by reflecting on the values and ideas she instilled in him. (full text)

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The writer’s new friend starts a false rumor that she wasn’t there for a mutual friend in need. The writer ends the rumors, and learns that some friendships aren’t worth keeping. (full text)

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The writer’s father becomes distant when he loses his job. They fight constantly but when her father learns she’s in therapy to work out their problems, he begins to change.

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When Alex's mom gets pregnant the both are overjoyed. But when the baby dies prematurely their relationship is challenged. (full text)

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Shameera is weary of being compared to her accomplished older brother. She strategizes to carve out her own identity. (full text)

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Imani is persecuted in grade school for being dark-skinned. Then a book and a famous actress help her claim the word "dark" as one that describes beauty. (full text)

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Austin wrestles with the pressure he gets from friends based on an Asian stereotype. "You're made to be good in math," they say. (full text)

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The author feels isolated at school, partly because of abuse at home. She makes a friend and tells him ALMOST everything. She discovers he's held back some secrets too. (full text)

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Winners describe a time they helped someone and how the experience brought out surprising aspects of themselves. (full text)

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Oscar's movie review of "Spotlight" highlights the importance of investigative journalism. (full text)

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Bernadette was shy and insecure. In an effort to become more outgoing and confident, she joins several youth councils. (full text)
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