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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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 is bullied in school, then discovers that on the Internet he can be the aggressor. He goes too far and hurts someone he loves.
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Jazmine reports on Techie Youth, a nonprofit that gives hands-on computer training to foster youth and former foster youth. (full text)
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Salenna tries to become more popular via Facebook and Instagram but it ends up making her feel envious and lonely. Unplugging improves her life. (full text)
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Precious has been homeless and in foster care. Writing has always helped her cope, so she sets up a website to allow others to share their stories. (full text)
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The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships. (full text)
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After Leah is the victim of a childhood bully, she's inspired to take action against cyberbullies by learning to report on Facebook. (full text)
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Catherine learns how quickly things can escalate beyond the virtual world when a confrontation on Facebook leads to real-life violence. (full text)
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When her friend gets bashed on an anonymous Facebook page, Destiny sees the lasting consequences of online harassment and decides it's time to cut back on her social media use. (full text)
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Salenna tries to become more popular via Facebook and Instagram but it ends up making her feel envious and lonely. Unplugging improves her life.


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Julijana is horrified by "Kony 2012," a video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, and immediately shares the link on Facebook. However, after learning more about the viral video, she wonders if social media is an effective tool for activism. (full text)
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While it contains inaccuracies, The Social Network centers on a main character—Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg—who is unquestionably ambitious. Sherilyn considers whether we can draw any lessons from his success. (full text)
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Ebony critiques the usefulness of HotGhettoMess.com, a website that seeks to shame blacks and Latinos who "act ghetto" and perpetuate negative stereotypes about people of color. (full text)
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BitTorrent is the new Napster—a method of quickly and stealthily obtaining copyrighted music, movies, games, and software for free. The writer uses it as a convenient and free way to get the movies and music he wants, even though it's illegal to download copyrighted material. (full text)
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Two YCteen writers give their take on the sexting phenomenon, the practice of sending naked photos of yourself to your boyfriend or girlfriend via the internet. (full text)

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