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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Death (14 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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Shateek can't control his anger after his grandmother dies. He discovers that writing calms him down. (full text)
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On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. More than 300,000 people died and a million were made homeless. The shockwaves were felt around the world, especially in Haitian communities. Cassandra Charles, living in New York City, describes the events and feelings she experienced in the first few days following the quake. (full text)
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Otis has little memory of his biological dad, but the brief time he had with a loving adoptive father taught him lessons he still remembers. (full text)
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The writer's beloved aunt has AIDS, but no one in the family can talk about it. (full text)
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Priscilla remembers her father as an "awesome guy." They went to ball games, made model airplanes, and cooked together. That's why she misses him so much. He couldn't kick the cigarette habit and died of lung cancer when she was 9. (full text)
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Jovani’s mother dies and his father re-enters his life after a long absence. Jovani takes steps to forgive his father and build a trusting relationship with him. (full text)
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When Jovani's supportive, loving mother unexpectedly dies, he deals with her painful absence by reflecting on the values and ideas she instilled in him. (full text)
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When Alex's mom gets pregnant the both are overjoyed. But when the baby dies prematurely their relationship is challenged. (full text)
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Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. (full text)
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David is close with his grandmother until she moves back to Korea.
Then he gets distracted with his new American life in New York and loses touch with her. (full text)
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Growing up in Peru, Percy believes in heaven and hell. When he comes to the U.S., he takes a more skeptical, rational approach to the mystery of death. After a patient dies in his mother's care, he feels caught between faith and reason as he searches for an explanation. (full text)
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Kaela is very close with her Uncle Luke. When she finds out he has cancer, she does her best to help him through his illness and show her love. (full text)
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Shameeka interviews a psychologist about how teens can deal with loss. (full text)
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Destiny struggles to cope with the death of her best friend—her brother Kareem. She writes about her feelings and tries to be nicer to everyone. (full text)

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