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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Civic Participation (10 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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Victor points out that likely presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he is an extremist who incites violence. (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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Quotesia Johnson was part of Shadow Day 2017, where former foster youth tell the U.S. Congress about issues affecting their lives. Five House bills resulted from the youths' testimony. (full text)
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Alesha participates in Shadow Day, where New York foster youth get to spend a day with the New York City Council. The youth advocate for changes they'd like to see in the city's foster care system. (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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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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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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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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