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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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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Marreka gets the message young that her body is for adults to use. Molested at age 5, and trafficked as a young teen, she finally finds love and support at Gateways and GEMS. (full text)
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Natalie struggles to control her anxiety and depression, but it isn’t until she seeks help from teachers, parents, and friends, that she’s able to access the resources she needs to feel better. (full text)
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Amber is shy and becomes even more so when her family moves to a homeless shelter. After urging from her mom, she starts seeing a counselor. The relationship helps her open up and persevere through this tough time. (full text)
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Melanie freaks out about applying for college. By talking to her friends and mentors, she realizes that it’s OK not to have everything figured out during her senior year. (full text)
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Caitlin struggles to make meaningful friendships until she gets support from a school counselor and her mom. (full text)

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