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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Gangs (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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S.G.'s birth parents lost custody of her and her brother because they sold drugs in a gang. S.G. kept up with her brother after they went to separate homes and is heartbroken when he too joins the gang. (full text)
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Najet is serving an eight-year term in prison for attempted murder and several other charges. She describes a day inside, including working at the mosque, studying for college classes, and avoiding other inmates. (full text)
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Although many of his friends are gang members, the writer decides not to join. (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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Juan is torn between watching his friends’ backs and staying out of trouble. (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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