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The Dorm Project: A Year-Round Home
It’s a great opportunity, but a lot of drama

author image The Dorm Project allows foster youth to live in a dorm throughout college, including holidays and summer break. Unfortunately, there are a lot of fights.

Foster youth all need a decent place to live. For those who go to college, dorms can provide that place. But what happens over Thanksgiving, Christmas, or summer vacation when the residence halls close?... [more]

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Derailed by Foster Care and Trauma The writer is derailed from school by abuse and neglect, trauma and mental illness. She keeps trying, though, and eases her way back toward college through a hands-on nursing program. [more]
Finding My Way Back to School Alesha loses her way because of abuse, foster care, and addiction. Seeing her friends graduate inspires her to get her GED and then go to college. [more]
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Marching for a Future 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. [more]
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]
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