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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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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Quotesia Johnson was part of Shadow Day 2017, where former foster youth tell the U.S. Congress about issues affecting their lives. Five House bills resulted from the youths' testimony. (full text)
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Marlo starts volunteering mostly to make business connections, but then a foster care organization helps him with college. He vows to keep giving back. (full text)
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Gang violence is frequent on the streets of Guaiba, Brazil, where Carolina is from. She visits Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), to learn how they are working to make their community safer. (full text)
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With the teen organization Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), Sashwat participates in a theater performance designed to combat violence. (full text)
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Bernadette was shy and insecure. In an effort to become more outgoing and confident, she joins several youth councils. (full text)
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After a charity pays for his favorite teacher’s twins’ medical support, Joel’s teacher asks him to give back to this charity and he does without hesitation. Joel realizes even teens can make a difference. (full text)

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