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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Civic Participation (17 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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Rose and her family, who are from Canada, host a food drive at their house for those suffering during the pandemic. It feels good to help, but Rose also wonders why the U.S. government doesn't do more. (full text)
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Konner's parents work for the MTA and at a jail. As calls to defund the police grow louder, Konner advocates for getting police out of schools and paying workers who risk their lives in the pandemic more. (full text)
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Shocked by the murder of George Floyd, Gabbie goes to her first Black Lives Matter protest. She is moved by the shared sense of purpose and embarks on more activism. (full text)
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Josiah has studied the history of white violence against black people for several years. He thinks the country may be "awakening" in the wake of George Floyd's murder. (full text)
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Alex Jimenez is 21 and healthy, but he wears a mask to protect others from the coronavirus. He models several different masks in this video. (full text)
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In late March, foster youth in CUNY dorms were told, “Get out. You have two days.” Marcus alerted the media and elected officials, and many youth got to stay in the dorms. (full text)
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Fostering Youth Success Alliance is a group of youth advocates who push for more college access for foster youth. They went to Albany in January to lobby the state government. (full text)
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Writers from the 2017 summer writing workshop explore what it means to be an activist. They realize while talking that they actually do quite a lot! (full text)
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Quotesia Johnson was part of Shadow Day 2017, where former foster youth tell the U.S. Congress about issues affecting their lives. Five House bills resulted from the youths' testimony. (full text)
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Alesha participates in Shadow Day, where New York foster youth get to spend a day with the New York City Council. The youth advocate for changes they'd like to see in the city's foster care system. (full text)
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Jazmine connects bell hooks' insights on class and race to what she sees around her and suggests ways for poor people of color to organize. (full text)
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Five youth advocates, ages 21-30, who were themselves in foster care, discuss how they told their own stories, learned to communicate effectively, began helping others, and their ideas for system change. (full text)
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Miguel joins youth-led advocacy group FACE (Fostering Advocacy Change and Empowerment) and finds satisfaction in helping others and sharpening his public speaking skills. (full text)
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Youth advocates in California and Oregon travel to their state capitols to lobby for improvements to those states' foster care systems. (full text)
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Victor interviews former foster youth Jessica Maxwell, who heads up the Foster Youth Success Alliance. FYSA is pushing for legislation that would require New York state to pay for college for youth in care. (full text)
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Writers from the 2017 summer writing workshop explore what it means to be an activist. They realize while talking that they actually do quite a lot! (full text)
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Whether it’s because they’re not documented, because their houses are illegally overcrowded, or just because they don’t like the idea of sharing personal information, many foreign born Americans will ignore this year’s census. (full text)