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A Black Belt Who Refused to Fight
I'm a pacifist at heart
author image David is proud to be a black belt in Taekwondo because it’s a martial art that demands athleticism and discipline. But he doesn’t like hurting people.

When you hold a black belt in Taekwondo like I do, people have expectations about you. They expect you to do amazing flying kicks... [more]

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Pansexual and Proud - I Can't Pray Away Being Gay - Too Pretty To Be African? - My Looking-Glass Self - Better Off Without Mom - My Love-Hate Relationship With the Hood PLUS: Living With Bipolar Disorder
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Keepin’ the Faith The writer details his inner conflict between his religious beliefs and sexual orientation which is painful and confusing. [more]
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From Korea to Texas When David moves from Seoul, Korea to Flower Mound, Texas, he feels like he’s been transported to another planet. He describes his adjustment to America in vivid and humorous detail. [more]
Lady Gaga, Please Don’t Glamorize Bulimia Lady Gaga has a performance artist throw up on her in the name of art at one of her concerts. The writer thinks it sent a bad message, making eating disorders look cool. [more]
Becoming a Team Player When the writer runs for class vice president, she learns how to accomplish goals as a group, something she’d never done before. In the process she masters the art of compromise. [more]
Change is On the Way YCteen interviews new Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina about issues ranging from overcrowded schools to the reinstatement of art and music programs. [more]
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Secret of the System Paige is regularly bullied by classmates, but teachers and school administrators ignore her complaints. Finally, she switches schools. [more]
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I Stood Up to My Macho Dad	Mitzi and her father only interact when he orders her around. Feeling depressed, she speaks to a social worker. [more]
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Is College for Me? In her senior year, Breanna realizes that she needs to get her grades up if she wants to get into college. [more]
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Occupy the Classroom Julieta's passionate Spanish teacher inspires her to learn about Latin America and stand up against injustice.
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A Caring Teacher Helped Me Conquer Physics Neha was failing physics until her teacher went the extra mile to make her believe she could succeed. [more]
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