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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Siblings (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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Hector's mother abuses him and his twin physically and emotionally. Hector finally escapes and then heals himself with writing and finding adults he can trust. (full text)
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The author is sexually trafficked by her parents from ages 12 to 16. After she escapes, she focuses on healing and saving her little sister from the same fate. (full text)
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S.G.'s birth parents lost custody of her and her brother because they sold drugs in a gang. S.G. kept up with her brother after they went to separate homes and is heartbroken when he too joins the gang. (full text)
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The author's mother subjects the author and her twin sister to extreme abuse, which is worse when she drinks. The author gets herself to college after they go into care, but her sister slides into addiction. (full text)
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K.O.'s mother works nights and leaves the writer to take care of her younger siblings at age 11. This leads them into foster care. (full text)
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The author is confused by why her family is so mean to her feminine brother. As she learns what "gay" means, she steps up to defend and support him. (full text)
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Tatiana is upset at how her sister reacts when their mother's drug abuse sends them into foster care. She discovers, though, that her sister's different approach actually helps them survive. (full text)
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The author is jealous of her younger sister, who is their mom's favorite. When their mom's abuse sends them into care, the author realizes she and her sister are each other's family. (full text)
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Joy and her big sister were very close until her sister began smoking weed and drifted away from Joy. (full text)
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For a long time Antwaun had too much pride to ask for help, but when he reaches out to his brother during a crisis in his life, he realizes the importance of opening up to others. (full text)
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Shameera is weary of being compared to her accomplished older brother. She strategizes to carve out her own identity. (full text)
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When the writer was 12, her sister was molested by her uncle in the next bedroom. Life for them both has never been the same. (full text)
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When the writer's older sister moves away to escape her verbally abusive parents, the writer realizes what a valuable role model her sister was. (full text)
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Destiny struggles to cope with the death of her best friend—her brother Kareem. She writes about her feelings and tries to be nicer to everyone. (full text)

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