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Issue #258 (September/October 2017) issue cover
Is This Land Your Land?

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The writer moved here from Mexico when she was 4, and now at 21, she feels proud to be living here. But our new president has made her afraid of being deported. (full text)

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Ria examines how black people have been historically oppressed from after the Civil War to the present. “Slavery and legal segregation are still affecting us,” she writes. (full text)

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Teens say a lot of American history is left out of their textbooks. This interactive column gives teens a place to explore aspects of our collective past that have either been glossed over or omitted completely. (full text)

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“Being Chinese felt like a bad kind of different, like a crack in a wall,” writes Winnie. Determined to push back against the racist remarks she encounters, Winnie takes action and writes a play. (full text)

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Atl writes an opinion piece about why he believes Trump’s announcement to ban transgender people from the military is discriminatory and lacks foundation. (full text)

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Teen writers, who come from diverse economic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, submit images that they felt symbolized what it means to be an American. (full text)

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In grade school, Gaby is often called an Oreo and writes, “I began to feel as if I wasn’t black. That I was an outsider in my own race.” (full text)

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Learn the criteria for applying for New York's Excelsior Scholarship which offers free tuition to certain New York State teens. (full text)

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Salenna comes from a Russian family, where there are strict feminine and masculine roles and traditions. One is that women don’t play cards. Baffled, she muses: “Is it because females back in Russia can’t count to 10?”
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Is the two-time NFC champion quarterback not getting offered a contract because he’s being punished for his activism against racism? Toyloy presents his case for why he believes that he is. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to the last issue of YCteen.
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When Andrew takes an AP Human Geography course, he learns about how Native Americans were, and continue to be, oppressed and mistreated. He continues to learn about their plight, and writes this story to raise awareness. (full text)

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Yazan, a 17-year-old Syrian with an easy smile, is currently living in a refugee camp in Greece, after fleeing his war torn city of Aleppo. (full text)
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