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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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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E.F. dates a boy who tells her, "I want to make you mine." That makes her feel special, but then he grows controlling and abusive. (full text)
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The author suffers from the death of her grandmother, her mother's mental illness and withdrawal, and going into foster care. Isaac, first her friend, then her boyfriend, supports her, but she drives him away with her cutting. (full text)
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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels especially lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels, comforts him when he's down, and provides an example of how to succeed. (full text)
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Margaret starts dating Daisy, who continues to see other girls, even as she accuses Margaret of cheating. Margaret tries to change herself to please Daisy, who gets downright abusive. (full text)
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Marlo is angry about the death of his mother and rebels against authority. He loses respect for girls until he meets Towanda, who is his intellectual equal. They support each other in straightening out their lives. (full text)
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The author's boyfriend begins pressuring her for sex, acting jealous, and hitting her. It's cheating, however, that's the last straw for her. (full text)
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Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. (full text)
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The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships. (full text)
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A psychotherapist describes what a balanced and healthy relationship looks like. (full text)
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The writer loves his girlfriend—when she’s not hitting him. (full text)
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Hattie wants a romantic relationship but fears getting hurt. (full text)
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A former player, Antwaun discovers it feels good to get close to one person. (full text)
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The writer won’t stay with her boyfriend if he stays in the Latin Kings. (full text)
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Anne, who lives in a group home, meets Cliff and they soon fall in love. But Anne can't tell Cliff her living situation, nor that her mother is a racist. (full text)
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Artiqua's teenage dream of boyfriends, partying, and staying out late will never become a reality, so long as her mother has anything to say about it. (full text)
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In junior high, the writer bet a friend that she would still be a virgin in her senior year of high school. She tells the story of how she won the bet. (full text)
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Sue’s boyfriend tells her that if she were a “real” Korean girl, she would listen to him when he told her what to do. (full text)
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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels and comforts him when he's down. (full text)
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Julia starts dating her friend Peter, but quickly feels smothered by him and misses the freedom of being single.
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This writer’s first sexual encounter with a boy is nothing like the romantic experience she envisioned. When he doesn't listen to her refusal, she kicks him out. (full text)
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One way to know you’re ready for sex is that you’re able to have a conversation before you’re in the heat of the moment. Here, tips on how to do that. (full text)
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Kelly breaks down a study showing that, when girls outnumber guys in HS, girls compete for guys and are more willing to have sex rather than hold out for a relationship. Her advice to girls: don't play into the trend. (full text)
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In this sidebar, couples are encouraged to discuss and agree to a list of "relationship rights."
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The writer falls for a "bad boy." He becomes increasingly possessive and their constant fighting turns physical. It's not until after she breaks up with him that she learns she was in an abusive relationship.
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As a person of mixed race, Brittany has never considered interracial relationships a big deal. She interviews peers who have been involved in interracial relationships to learn more about the practical pros and cons. (full text)

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