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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Neighborhoods (9 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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Charlene gives into peer pressure from her friends to cut school, drink, and smoke. When they are arrested, she has a change of heart. (full text)
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When Antwaun returns to Harlem after living in a safer, more middle class neighborhood in Queens, he realizes how far he's traveled from his roots. (full text)
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The writer lives in a poor neighborhood where junk food predominates. (full text)
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Teachers tell students to walk away from fights or to inform an adult, but that advice is ignored because those who follow it get beaten up. (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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When Jamel turns 14, his childhood friends start smoking marijuana and pressure him to join them. (full text)
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Reflecting on the mistakes of his childhood friends, Ferentz is determined to do something more with his life. (full text)
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Evin's parents warn him to avoid certain neighborhoods and he develops a wariness toward anyone from the "ghetto." It's not until he befriends kids from hood that he learns to separate "bad neighborhoods" from the people who live there. (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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