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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Issue #134 (Fall 2018) issue cover
Finding Our Power

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Staff member Ms. Tonya guides Mia toward more freedom at her residential and listens when she needs a sympathetic ear. (full text)

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This issue features writers who find the strength to move themselves up out of terrible circumstances. Their motivation ranges from the love of a sibling to mastering school to coming out as LGBTQ. (full text)

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Chantel is let down by her mother, then her foster mother and stops caring about anything. An overdose wakes her up to her potential. (full text)

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Andrew stumbles upon a mural that speaks to him more than words can; he also makes art to express his own emotions. (full text)

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Hector's mother abuses him and his twin physically and emotionally. Hector finally escapes and then heals himself with writing and finding adults he can trust. (full text)

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D.C.M. realizes she has depression when she's in high school and is filled with self-loathing. Two good therapists help her be more kind to herself. (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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Tamya is teased when it's revealed at school she has a crush on a girl. She comes out and stands up to the haters. (full text)

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Because her mother is an alcoholic, Jzhamaine suffers abuse, neglect, and homelessness. After her mother gets sober and apologizes, Jzhamaine can forgive her. (full text)

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Psychotherapist Russell Saunders explains how to heal from a parent's abuse or neglect, how to make boundaries with those parents, and what needs to happen before you can forgive them (full text)

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The author is taken from her mom against her will. While in care, she keeps herself going by focusing on what she can control—doing well in school. (full text)

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The author is abused and bullied, and becomes very angry. Fighting is a good release her -- until she faces arrest. Then she learns self-control. (full text)

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Trina doesn't date yet, but looking at those who do, she wants more equality between boys and girls. Boys should not always pay for dates, she says. (full text)

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The author is sexually trafficked by her parents from ages 12 to 16. After she escapes, she focuses on healing and saving her little sister from the same fate. (full text)

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Lessons for group leaders include having teens make art out of an experience and think about how thinking outside the box could help them. (full text)
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