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Issue #257 (May/June 2017) issue cover
Taking Care of Myself

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After the writer’s mom gets involved in an abusive relationship, she takes a bold step and moves to Atlanta to live with her father to escape her toxic home life. (full text)

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When the condom breaks during sex, the writer panics. But her boyfriend tells her about the morning after pill, which prevents pregnancy. Also: Emergency contraception explained. (full text)

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Hande writes about mixed messages girls get about sex: “We’re either made fun if we’re virgins, or if we have sex, we risk getting labeled a slut.” (full text)

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As the writer grows up, she witnesses her father’s abuse of her mother. After intervening in one of their fights, her father moves out and she learns about abuse prevention through a job. (full text)

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Hande moves to Queens from Istanbul, Turkey and while struggling to learn English and fit in, she gets scoliosis, a serious back condition requiring surgery. Find out how she made “good out of bad.” (full text)

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When Brianna visits Khon Kaen through an intercultural exchange program, she learns to be more independent. “This trip helped me discover that despite my natural inclination to be shy, I am capable of doing courageous things.” (full text)

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The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk. (full text)

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The combined stress from home and school turns the writer to self-harm. Eventually she talks to her mom, who helps her develop strategies to help her break the dangerous habit. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to the last issue of YCteen. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to the last issue of YCteen. (Runners Up) (full text)

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As a reporter for her school newspaper, Aishamanne is accused of being angry and “ranting” about race. After discussing this with friends, she concludes it’s important for her to speak her truth, no matter what others think. (full text)

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"Not allowing people into our country who are in search of a better life, like my family, is inhumane," writes Melanie Mata, whose family immigrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1900s. (full text)
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