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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Dropouts (6 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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Desmin explains how a tough, crime-ridden high school and chaotic home life put him on the path to dropping out. (full text)
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When students discover he can’t read, Antwaun is teased and called a “crack baby.” (full text)
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When a group home staff shows genuine interest in him, Marcus is inspired to start planning for his future. (full text)
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Matthew became overwhelmed in college and decided to drop out. With a better sense of what it takes to succeed, he’s now back in school. (full text)
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After doing jail time for robbery, the writer begins to reevaluate his life. However, he doesn't make a significant change until his grandmother dies; she had pressed him to leave the street life behind. (full text)
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Two years after dropping out of high school, Desmin starts a GED prep class. Despite setbacks, he makes progress and plans for the future. (full text)

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