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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Self-help (6 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
The author learns about a theory called "the looking-glass self" in sociology class: When we change our appearance, people treat us differently, and that changes us. As he grows from gang kid to young businessman, the writer sees this happen to him. (full text)
When the author learns she is being moved to a new foster home, she throws a tantrum. Then she gets the decision reversed, and learns there's more power in advocating calmly than in going ballistic. (full text)
After the writer’s mom gets involved in an abusive relationship, she takes a bold step and moves to Atlanta to live with her father to escape her toxic home life. (full text)
After the writer barely escapes getting raped, she turns to weed to help her forget what happened. Her adviser reaches out to her and reminds her of her future goals. (full text)
DeAnna's habit of cutting class finally catches up with her. She decides to transfer to a new school, but first she must prove that she's serious about starting over. (full text)
Students talk about the people, attitudes, and behaviors that may help or hinder them on the road to success. (full text)

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