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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Conflict Resolution (11 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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After Leah is the victim of a childhood bully, she's inspired to take action against cyberbullies by learning to report on Facebook. (full text)
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Dwan is teased by fellow blacks for “acting white” and wonders why people can’t be more open-minded. (full text)
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Teachers tell students to walk away from fights or to inform an adult, but that advice is ignored because those who follow it get beaten up. (full text)
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Nadishia is tormented at school for not wearing the latest styles. (full text)
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When Jamel turns 14, his childhood friends start smoking marijuana and pressure him to join them. (full text)
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Marcus, a foster youth, is hurt by the way his peers associate bad behavior with being in foster care. But when he overhears a girl gossiping maliciously about a foster child in her family, it's the "normal kid" who's acting like a "problem child." (full text)
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Sandra’s friends have lots of stereotypes about lesbians—but Sandra’s gay sister proves them wrong. (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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Isela is expected to babysit her brothers, cook, clean, and maintain her good grades. She becomes overwhelmed, but her mom is not sympathetic. (full text)
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The writer's chaotic home life leaves her with uncontrolled rage. She releases her anger by inflicting pain on others, and eventually ends up behind bars. That prompted her to get help by starting therapy. (full text)
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Margarita unintentionally offends a black classmate. After the two girls cool down and talk, they find friendship. (full text)

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