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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Teen Pregnancy & Parenting (15 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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Z. Oliveras runs away and is pregnant at age 13. Her mother is abusive and unsupportive, so Z. turns herself into foster care before she has her baby. (full text)
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A reprint from Rise magazine, this is an interview with the author of a report on policies that would help parenting foster teens and their babies thrive. (full text)
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The writer finds his first loving parent in foster care when he's a teen. Her acceptance helps him envision a better future for himself. (full text)
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The author raised her son to age 8 while she was in foster care. She's relieved when the two of them finally get their own home after she ages out. (full text)
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Zaniyah gets pregnant before she ages out, in part to have the family she didn't have in foster care. Her NYCHA apartment has problems, but it does have family. (full text)
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Erica ages out of care pregnant and has three more children. The foster care system provides her with services to help her parent better. (full text)
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Hollie's mother dies from her alcoholism about a year before Hollie has a son. Hollie is determined to be a better mother herself. (full text)
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Psychologist Sylvia Lester speaks to Represent about the effects of past abuse on teen sex and parenting. (full text)
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Ja’Nelle battles her insecurity and achieves her goal of attending college. (full text)
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Fatima explains how she and her fiancé have become successful parents. (full text)
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The writer has a one-night stand with a girl at a party. Months later, the girl tells him he is the father of her soon-to-be-born baby. (full text)
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Facing an unplanned pregnancy at 16, the writer realizes she’s not ready to be a mother and opts for an abortion. (full text)
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The writer, whose mother was 16 when she gave birth to her, argues that the children of teen moms often don’t receive the support they need. (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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Discovering that her peers are misinformed about birth control pills, Sherilyn gets the facts from Evelyn Intondi, associate vice president of clinical services at Planned Parenthood. (full text)

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