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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Homelessness (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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Otis's mother kicks him out and he ends up in a homeless shelter with much older men who drink, smoke and do drugs. He has a hard time facing the reality of his situation. (full text)
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A.J. has a chaotic childhood with little nurturing. She finally gets support from two different foster moms, one young but maternal, the other older and confidence-building. (full text)
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Marlo has lived in an astonishing variety of places and has never known stability. At age 22, he gets an apartment and wonders what "home" and "family" mean. (full text)
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The author, born biologically male, never doubts that she's truly female. She travels from Mexico to New York and from bullied boy to confident woman. (full text)
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Jesse goes into care at age 9 and anger leads him to a life of drugs, violence, and homelessness. He cleans up, finds God, and devotes his life to helping others. (full text)
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Marlo was homeless several times as a child, with his family. When he becomes homeless again at 18, his concentration and his grades slip. Fortunately, he finds a home. (full text)
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Quotesia interviews Mario Mazzoni at the Metropolitan Council, an NYC tenants' rights organization, and finds that the housing crunch is hitting poor people the hardest. (full text)
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During the five years that Amya lived in four shelters, she relied on words, both reading and writing them, to soothe her and help her survive the extreme insecurity of homelessness. (full text)
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Daren writes about moving in and out of homelessness for most of her teen life. She struggles to keep up her grades amid an unstable, chaotic life in shelters. (full text)
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Amber is shy and becomes even more so when her family moves to a homeless shelter. After urging from her mom, she starts seeing a counselor. The relationship helps her open up and persevere through this tough time. (full text)
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When Rianna's mom loses her job, the family has to move into a shelter. Of course it isn't like the comfort of home, but it's not the cramped, crowded, dirty place she expected. (full text)
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Hoa writes about moving from shelter to shelter: “Experiencing homelessness is something no child should have to go through, but it’s made me sympathetic toward other people who are struggling." (full text)
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At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. (full text)
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Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. (full text)

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