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

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Activism (23 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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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 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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Jazmine connects bell hooks' insights on class and race to what she sees around her and suggests ways for poor people of color to organize. (full text)
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Margaret interviews several people and groups who share strategies on how girls and women can respond to sexual harassers safely but effectively. (full text)
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Five youth advocates, ages 21-30, who were themselves in foster care, discuss how they told their own stories, learned to communicate effectively, began helping others, and their ideas for system change. (full text)
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Miguel joins youth-led advocacy group FACE (Fostering Advocacy Change and Empowerment) and finds satisfaction in helping others and sharpening his public speaking skills. (full text)
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Youth advocates in California and Oregon travel to their state capitols to lobby for improvements to those states' foster care systems. (full text)
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Jesse goes into care at age 9 and anger leads him to a life of drugs, violence, and homelessness. He cleans up, finds God, and devotes his life to helping others. (full text)
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Victor interviews former foster youth Jessica Maxwell, who heads up the Foster Youth Success Alliance. FYSA is pushing for legislation that would require New York state to pay for college for youth in care. (full text)
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The Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC) is a group of youth and adults working to improve foster care in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In one of their projects, young people are trained to go into homes and talk privately with kids about their concerns. (full text)
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For Carolina, who is from Brazil where there is much gang activity, the threat of gun violence is personal. (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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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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Aniqa reports on racism experienced by black students in her school. When a #hashtag is created to inspire students to speak out, the school community must confront difficult issues. (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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Julia shows solidarity with her LGBTQ friends by participating in a Day of Silence to honor those silenced by bullying. (full text)
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After the decision not to indict the white police officer accused of killing Eric Garner, who was black, five writers went to their first-ever protest. (full text)
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Kelly joins her high school's Gay-Straight Alliance. Despite unpleasant reactions from some peers, she participates in annual awareness-raising events. (full text)
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Julijana is horrified by "Kony 2012," a video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, and immediately shares the link on Facebook. However, after learning more about the viral video, she wonders if social media is an effective tool for activism. (full text)
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This teen-friendly guide to the Occupy Wall Street movement—with accompanying videos—explains the financial inequality that activists are protesting. (full text)
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Nesshell admires the Anti-Defamation League's message of tolerance. But in attempting to spread this message, she learns that she won't always meet with like-minded people. (full text)
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YCteen interviews three experts on race: Rinku Sen, a racial justice activist; Lasana Harris, a neuroscientist who studies how our brains process race; and Dalton Conley, a sociologist and author of the memoir "Honky." (full text)

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