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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Sex & Relationships (32 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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The author has odd jobs and public assistance, but cannot make ends meet, so she sells sex for money. After a few months, she decides the emotional toll is too great. (full text)
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E.F. dates a boy who tells her, "I want to make you mine." That makes her feel special, but then he grows controlling and abusive. (full text)
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Imani notices Facebook posts saying that "THOTs" don't have the right to mourn Maya Angelou's death. Imani questions why women are still put down for being sexual. (full text)
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Anthony had a rough childhood and often retreated into daydreams to escape abuse. As he grows up, he pushes himself to live more in reality. (full text)
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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels especially lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels, comforts him when he's down, and provides an example of how to succeed. (full text)
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Marlo is angry about the death of his mother and rebels against authority. He loses respect for girls until he meets Towanda, who is his intellectual equal. They support each other in straightening out their lives. (full text)
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The author's boyfriend begins pressuring her for sex, acting jealous, and hitting her. It's cheating, however, that's the last straw for her. (full text)
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Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. (full text)
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The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships. (full text)
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N.V. has been hurt by uncaring parents and foster care. Tired of jumping from girl to girl, she tries to be a steadier girlfriend, but it's harder than she expects. (full text)
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A psychotherapist describes what a balanced and healthy relationship looks like. (full text)
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Hattie wants a romantic relationship but fears getting hurt. (full text)
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Janill is appalled by the openly sexual dancing that goes on at her school dance. (full text)
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Eager to get “experience,” the writer rushes into sex with a boy she hardly knows. (full text)
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The knowledge of sex that Nadishia gathered in her early teens has helped her make the right choices for herself. (full text)
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Most girls are in a hurry to grow up, but Nicole wants to take it slow. (full text)
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Devastated when her father leaves the family, the writer fills her emptiness by having promiscuous sex. Eventually, she gains control of her sexuality. (full text)
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The writer has unprotected sex with his girlfriend. She becomes pregnant, has the baby, and cuts off all contact with the writer, who is devastated by guilt and anger. (full text)
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Andrew feels different and unaccepted because of his gender identity and sexuality. But after he finds accepting friends online, he gains the confidence to come out in person.
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When the condom breaks during sex, the writer panics. But her boyfriend tells her about the morning after pill, which prevents pregnancy. Also: Emergency contraception explained. (full text)
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Hande writes about mixed messages girls get about sex: “We’re either made fun if we’re virgins, or if we have sex, we risk getting labeled a slut.” (full text)
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Raised in a strict Christian family, Joel feels confused and "dirty on the inside" when he realizes he is equally attracted to both sexes. When he opens up to his family, he's relieved they accept him. (full text)
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Four YCteen writers discuss how concepts of masculinity or femininity have affected their lives. (full text)
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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels and comforts him when he's down. (full text)
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Julia starts dating her friend Peter, but quickly feels smothered by him and misses the freedom of being single.
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This writer’s first sexual encounter with a boy is nothing like the romantic experience she envisioned. When he doesn't listen to her refusal, she kicks him out. (full text)
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One way to know you’re ready for sex is that you’re able to have a conversation before you’re in the heat of the moment. Here, tips on how to do that. (full text)
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Kelly breaks down a study showing that, when girls outnumber guys in HS, girls compete for guys and are more willing to have sex rather than hold out for a relationship. Her advice to girls: don't play into the trend. (full text)
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In this Sex Ed column, Ravyn considers a study showing that many New York City teens have had same-sex partners. (full text)
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DeAnna comes out to her mother as bisexual and gets a surprising response. Eventually, she identifies as a "full-time lesbian." (full text)
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In this sidebar, couples are encouraged to discuss and agree to a list of "relationship rights."
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The writer falls for a "bad boy." He becomes increasingly possessive and their constant fighting turns physical. It's not until after she breaks up with him that she learns she was in an abusive relationship.
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