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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New York's Summer Youth Employment Program provides much-needed work experience and paychecks to thousands of teens annually. But this summer, there may nearly 3,000 fewer jobs available than last year--unless state legislators act now. (full text)
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Confronted with racism and loneliness, Gabrielle drops out of college. Back home, she works hard to turn her life back around, inspiring her little sister and other Latinas in care. (full text)
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Elvia Victorio works a lot, including as a professional photographer on the weekend. She shares pictures of the rodeos she shoots every Sunday, featuring other hard-working Hispanic immigrants. (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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Jazmine reports on Techie Youth, a nonprofit that gives hands-on computer training to foster youth and former foster youth. (full text)
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The author has been in care most of his life. He loves his biological parents and sees them often, but gets more support and encouragement from his foster mom. (full text)
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The author was physically and emotionally abused. When she ages out of care, she finds that years of being put down keep her from going after work or college. (full text)
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The author, who has a son, doesn't learn until she's 19 that she doesn't have a green card. She scrambles to get that before she ages out. (full text)
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Otis looks back at writing for Represent for five years and how it's helped him get in touch with his feelings and inspire others. (full text)
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The author recounts the scary countdown to turning 21 with her work hours being cut, her public housing not ready, and her foster mother's commitment shaky. (full text)
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After a teen colleague calls him "unprofessional," Desmin decides that his street style doesn't work in the office. (full text)
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Lavell explains what sexual harassment is and what you should do about it if it's happening to you. (full text)
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The writer, an illegal immigrant, scrambles to find a job that pays well and won’t ask for his Social Security number. (full text)
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Josbeth got her first job at 15, and working has taught her to be responsible, keep her cool, and overcome her shyness. (full text)
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Sharif faces impatient customers, uncooperative cash registers, and self-doubts during his first day at work. (full text)
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Christopher writes about the benefits of juggling work and school and how it puts you at an advantage when applying to colleges. (full text)
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DeAnna writes about her life during the four years following her high school graduation and her journey toward independence. She learns it is a meandering road. (full text)
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Damia’s dream of becoming a lawyer, her worry about her English language skills, and her fear of criminals collide when she lands an internship at a District Attorney’s office. (full text)
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Eliza navigates around her parents’ wish for her to become a doctor and finds a career path that feels right. (full text)
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Diamonique is excited to land her first job at a McDonald’s, but her boss soon becomes verbally abusive. (full text)
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Donald wonders why his job applications go unanswered—until a job training program teaches him what it means to be professional. (full text)
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Shawn covers a Knicks game as an intern for The New York Times, which convinces him to become a sportswriter. Dove, however, goes to Wesleyan, becomes co-director of a Beacon School project in Harlem, and founds "Harlem Overheard" in 1996, a youth-written magazine modeled on NYC. (full text)

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