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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Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. Still, she manages to graduate as valedictorian. (full text)
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The author has trouble paying attention in school. She is put on various drugs, but educational and emotional supports end up helping her more. (full text)
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Otis is teased in school because he has cerebral palsy. He attempts suicide, then uses therapy to find better ways to communicate and express his anger. (full text)
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A learning disability and the difficulties of living in foster care have caused Eric to fall far behind in high school. (full text)
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Confined to a wheelchair by a genetic disease, Tania faces many challenges but emerges stronger in spirit. (full text)
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As she gets older, Sarah finds ways to deal with her learning disability, but it never entirely goes away. (full text)
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After Perla is hit by a car and forced to spend a year in a wheelchair for a broken leg, she experiences life from the viewpoint of a disabled person. (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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At 14, Oni decides she no longer wants to be isolated from the hearing world and transfers to a public high school. (full text)

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