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A Year in the Dorm Project
More discipline would have made me safer
author image Ericka tries the Dorm Project for a year. She experiences sexual harassment, verbal abuse, identity theft, and other affronts. She likes her tutor but not living in the dorm.

Before I moved into a dorm as part of the Dorm Project, in January of my sophomore year, I lived at home for a semester and a half while I went to LaGuardia Community College in Queens... [more]

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Get Help With Everything College Options is a college prep program free to all New York City students. Also listed here are other free education programs. [more]
The Dorm Project: A Year-Round Home 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. [more]
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]
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