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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Resilience (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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This issue features writers who find the strength to move themselves up out of terrible circumstances. Their motivation ranges from the love of a sibling to mastering school to coming out as LGBTQ. (full text)
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Chantel is let down by her mother, then her foster mother and stops caring about anything. An overdose wakes her up to her potential. (full text)
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A former foster youth talks about how reaching out for support and connecting with others who grew up in care helps her as an adult. (full text)
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An abused, traumatized person is much more likely to thrive with at least one close, trusting relationship. This issue looks at how those connections are made and how they help. (full text)
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Shateek feels alone in the world until he meets his therapist Fall. She shows interest in his writing and sports and listens to him, and he turns his life around. (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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Chimore and her dog Prissy have a special bond that's helped Chimore adjust to life after foster care (full text)
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Lavell summons the courage to stand up to her abusers and later shares her experiences with a supportive therapist so she can begin healing. (full text)
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Christopher begins to forgive his mom, and they start family therapy together. (full text)
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Writing, walking, and going to the beach help Tamara burn off her negative emotions. (full text)
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A sense of failure holds Angi back in school, until she breaks the pattern and gets help. (full text)
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Shaniqua starts writing poetry at an early age but the thought of reading it in public scares her. When she notices a cafe that holds readings, she signs up, overcomes her fears, and wins the audience over with her performance. (full text)
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When Jovani's supportive, loving mother unexpectedly dies, he deals with her painful absence by reflecting on the values and ideas she instilled in him. (full text)
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Some teens deal with their insecurities by bullying others, but there are kinder, gentler ways to make ourselves feel more confident. (full text)

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