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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Religion (10 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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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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This writer recounts his mother’s reaction when she learns he’s gay from his counselor, and the fallout that ensues as a result. (full text)
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The author is a Christian and she also loves fashion. She worries that being materialistic is a sin, but she can't give up her desire for great outfits. (full text)
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Hollie becomes a Jehovah's Witness, which helps her cope with her losses, but not everyone in her life likes her new direction. (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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After Yousef, a Muslim, faces ignorant comments from peers and his teacher about Islam, he speaks up. However, Trump's anti-Muslim speech stokes his anxiety. (full text)
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When Aniqa starts wearing the hijab, her life changes in significant ways. “Having of my body covered helped me appreciate my inner self…I fell in love with my brains, my dreams, my goals,” she writes. (full text)
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After being sexually abused throughout her life by numerous men in her family, the writer meets other young women and learns that her experience is common in her South Asian culture. (full text)
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The writer details his inner conflict between his religious beliefs and sexual orientation which is painful and confusing. (full text)
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Growing up in Peru, Percy believes in heaven and hell. When he comes to the U.S., he takes a more skeptical, rational approach to the mystery of death. After a patient dies in his mother's care, he feels caught between faith and reason as he searches for an explanation. (full text)

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