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Marching for a Future
Millions around the world demand action on climate change

author image Zach interviewed people at the September 20, 2019 climate march in New York. The march coincided with the United Nations climate summit and featured 16-year-old Greta Thunberg's speech at the end.

On Friday, September 20, 16-year-old climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg addressed thousands of high schoolers who had walked out of school in New York City.... [more]

Finding Your Way to an Education Finding Your Way to an Education
Why No Queer History Class? - Dorm Room Blues - Where to Get Higher-Ed Help - Is College for Me? - PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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We've Always Existed Adrian is nonbinary and is often questioned about the legitimacy of their gender. They wonder why queer history is never taught in school and research cultures around the world that accept nonbinary people. [more]
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Is College for Me? The author faces many obstacles to school success: trauma, lack of support, and at least one learning disability. He gets through high school and must choose between college and a vocational program. [more]
Sugarcoating American History When Andrew takes an AP Human Geography course, he learns about how Native Americans were, and continue to be, oppressed and mistreated. He continues to learn about their plight, and writes this story to raise awareness. [more]
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My Worker’s Loving Lie Marie finds she doesn't want everyone in her college dorm to know she's in care. And even though she keeps her secret, she eventually opts for the privacy of living off-campus. [more]
ASAP: Right on Time This writer found her college footing thanks in part to ASAP, a program that supports low-income students in New York City's public community colleges. [more]
Understanding Your Rights as an Undocumented Immigrant in Foster Care A lawyer from Lawyers for Children explains what rights undocumented foster children have and different visas and other paths to citizenship for immigrant youth in care. [more]
The Long Journey Home The author, born biologically male, never doubts that she's truly female. She travels from Mexico to New York and from bullied boy to confident woman. [more]
I Was Alone and Scared, So I Know How Older People Feel The author immigrated from Africa and ended up in foster care. She learns English and the subway system and gets a job as a (compassionate) home health aide. [more]
Providing for My Family Juan goes to work at age 14 in Guatemala, but he can't make enough to support his family. He immigrates to the U.S. and ends up in foster care. [more]
Be a Bridge Three therapists who have worked with recent immigrants write about what their clients have been through and what therapeutic approaches help them adjust to their new lives. [more]
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