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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Foster Care Writing Contest (Staff Shout-Out): Quiet Like Me
Mr. Kalu, MercyFirst
Treasure B.
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When I first met Mr. Kalu, I was ANGRY, and I wanted to go back to my cottage. He picked me up from school and when I got in the van, Mr. Kalu asked me, “What’s wrong?”

I said nothing and looked out the window.

Mr. Kalu said, “I was like you when I was a kid. Closed up and reserved.”

I didn’t say anything and we went to my Crisis Support Team meeting. I thought, I’m going to like this guy.

I first began to trust Mr. Kalu when I saw him outside talking to one of the other residents about her problems. I thought, I should talk to him one day. I always hold things in and he seems like a nice guy to talk to.

Then, one night I was thinking too much and I was crying. I really needed somebody to talk to because I was thinking some bad thoughts.

Mr. Kalu came and spoke with me. What did he do that helped me? He made me in a better mood. He got all the thoughts out of my head. And also, he made me laugh. I wouldn’t say he changed my life, but I would like to say, thank you, Mr. Kalu!

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