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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The author joins a stock trading club at school and does very well. She is treated disrespectfully and eventually pushed out. She has an elegant solution. (full text)
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Marlo attends a for-profit college and gets into some debt. He researches for-profits and finds out that public schools are a better value. (full text)
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The author recounts the scary countdown to turning 21 with her work hours being cut, her public housing not ready, and her foster mother's commitment shaky. (full text)
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The author's lust for money gets him in trouble, but he learns to redirect that desire into a plan to become an accountant. (full text)
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Chimore gets in big trouble - and debt - with her first debit card, but it teaches her valuable lessons about being careful with her spending. (full text)
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Chimore breaks down the rewards and hazards of having a credit card. (full text)
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Asia spends half her paycheck on her friend's party. The friend swears she'll pay it back and never does; Asia gets new friends. (full text)
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Chimore wants to have a good credit history because she's about to age out of foster care. Then she finds out that her identity has been stolen and fraudulent credit card accounts opened in her name. (full text)
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Chantal describes both the benefits and pitfalls of having a bank account. (full text)
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The recession of 2008-2011 is the latest setback for Marco’s father, an immigrant who hoped to find financial stability when he came to the U.S. 20 years ago. (full text)
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Xavier racks up $2,100 in credit card debt before deciding to take control of his finances. (full text)
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Diana feels ashamed that her family is on welfare—until she sees what it’s like to pay bills. (full text)
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Josbeth got her first job at 15, and working has taught her to be responsible, keep her cool, and overcome her shyness. (full text)
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While Wall St. has recovered from the recession, a lot of low and moderate income workers have lost their jobs permanently. NYC reporters travel to three different neighborhoods (wealthy, moderate income, and poor) to find out on the ground how the recession is affecting people. (full text)

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