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 #138 (Fall 2019) issue cover
Finding Your Way to an Education

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Ms. Farrar helps Chanel as her "champion" at school and then keeps encouraging and advising her even after Chanel leaves the school. (full text)

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In this issue, foster youth detail education challenges and how they met them. We also offer resources to help clear those obstacles and stories on how school could better represent all students. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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SEEK, Search for Education Elevation, and Knowledge; and CD, College Discovery help students in New York's public colleges. The help is academic, financial, and emotional. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Fair Futures is a New York City program that provides foster youth and former foster youth with an education coach from 9th grade to age 26. (full text)

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Options is a college prep program free to all New York City students. Also listed here are other free education programs. (full text)