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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Arts/culture (29 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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Gabrielle was in the middle of a photography course during her freshman year of college. She changed her photo project to these beautiful shots from her window. (full text)
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S.T. is in a group home for unaccompanied minors after fleeing violence in Guinea, Africa. He makes sense of the pandemic by painting. (full text)
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Layla and her friends use Google Slides to collaborate on their own Corona Diaries. They create a shared piece of art and boost each other’s spirits when they “meet” there. (full text)
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Layla turned her life around and made a dance about it. She was chosen to be the soloist in her school’s spring performance, and was crushed when everything got canceled. (full text)
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Bored with self-isolating at home, Atl dressed up and headed to a 1920s-themed party on Zoom (full text)
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This issue features stories by youth who've survived trauma creatively, through fantasizing, writing, or telling happier versions of their lives. They share how they move forward into acceptance of the painful parts. (full text)
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Abuse by a family member pushed the author from his home in Guinea to the U.S. He paints visions of a kinder world as well as the suffering he's seen. (full text)
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A.S. survives homelessness, abuse, and separation from her family by inventing fantastical stories about her life. She learns to make safer choices while remaining creative. (full text)
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Being a Witch is about a 14-year-old foster child in London who travels through time. She finds parallels to foster care in the 1645 witch trials in London. (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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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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Elvia Victorio works a lot, including as a professional photographer on the weekend. She shares pictures of the rodeos she shoots every Sunday, featuring other hard-working Hispanic immigrants. (full text)
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The author is forced by her mother and stepfather to be the maid and nanny to her younger half-siblings. In kinship care, she's allowed to be a child again. (full text)
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Victor reviews Rosie Perez's memoir of growing up in a group home where nuns abused her. Despite all her achievements, Perez suffers PTSD and depression and finally gets therapy years later. (full text)
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Robert visits an art exhibit of graffiti in New York and describes his lifelong relationship to this homegrown art form. (full text)
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Music has helped Otis survive tough times. Each phase of life brings a new favorite band, and a different group of people to connect with. (full text)
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Jonathan keeps his opera singing a secret from his friends, for fear he won’t be thought of as “manly.” (full text)
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Shaniqua starts writing poetry at an early age but the thought of reading it in public scares her. When she notices a cafe that holds readings, she signs up, overcomes her fears, and wins the audience over with her performance. (full text)
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Volunteering as an art teacher in an after school program helped Anaiss discover her calling. (full text)
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Andrew writes about his appreciation of street art, pondering the artists’ visions and lives, and also how drawing helps him express his pain and tell a visual story so he can be better understood. (full text)
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Imani recalls Facebook posts saying that "THOTs" don't have the right to mourn Maya Angelou's death. Imani questions why women are still put down for being sexual. (full text)
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Emily describes how she feels and what she observes on her first night performing in a choral concert. (full text)
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Teens write reviews recommending their favorite books for fun, escapist reading during summer vacation. (full text)
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In Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore, there are mysterious portals to other worlds, strange animals fall from the sky, and humans can travel through spirits. (full text)
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In his book "I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup," David Chura, a former English teacher at the Westchester County jail, shows how the juvenile justice system, instead of rehabilitating traumatized teens, treats them inhumanely. (full text)
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Brendy knows almost nothing about Frederick Douglass until he attends a play about him. Learning about the ex-slave turned civil rights activist inspires Brendy not only to finish college, but to someday work for social change in his community. (full text)
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Tory loves Prince's latest video and CD. (full text)
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Tory disagrees with 99% of the trash talk she hears about Prince and sets out to defend him, while revealing how she first came to love him. (full text)
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Paula Giddings' book describes black women's integral role in both the civil rights and feminist movements. (full text)