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Staff Shout-Out—Win $100
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This column is written by our readers in care. Write four or five paragraphs about a staff who believed in you, listened to you, advocated for you, gave you great advice, who in any way made your life better. Enter online, below, or email your essay to with the subject line Staff Shout-Out. Essays will be edited for length and clarity. The writer of the essay we run will receive $100.
[click here to enter online]
Contest Rules:

  • You must be 21 or under to enter.
  • You may only enter the essay contest if you live in a group home, juvenile detention center, or with a foster family; or if you used to be in foster care. (Represent is a magazine written by and for young people in foster care.)
  • If you win, your Shout-Out will be published on our website and in our print issue. Tell us if you want your story to be printed anonymously—but you should still type in your full name and complete address so we know where to mail your check if you win. Please include the staff's full name
  • and a picture, if you can. We want to celebrate them in the magazine.
  • Current Represent or YCteen writers may not enter the essay contest.
  • Essays may be edited by Youth Communication editors for brevity and clarity. All entries become property of Youth Communication.
You may also submit your essay by mail, fax, or email. Please print your first and last name, your email address, school, home address, age, phone number, and foster care agency (if applicable) clearly on your entry.

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