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Living in a Shelter Wasn’t As Bad as I Thought
My mom made it feel like home.
author image When Rianna's mom loses her job, the family has to move into a shelter. Of course it isn't like the comfort of home, but it's not the cramped, crowded, dirty place she expected.

When I was 10 years old, my mom, sister, brother, and I lived in a brownstone apartment in Flatbush. We had a three-bedroom with a kitchen and living room... [more]

The World We Want The World We Want
I Won’t be Silent - My Body Isn’t Meant to Be Owned - Does the Bible Preach Misogyny? - Boys Speak: How to Make a Better World for Girls - PLUS: I Marched for Our Lives in D.C. #neveragain
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Misogyny Is Everywhere Ria examines how social media, her family, friends, and other aspects of society has influenced her negative attitudes toward women, including herself. [more]
Being a Good Teammate Means Being a Good Friend While shooting hoops on the court, Toyloy witnesses his friend being bullied by an older boy. Instead of standing up for his friend and risk getting beaten up, the writer does nothing. Toyloy reflects on his behavior. [more]
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When Women Uphold Sexism Winnie’s family, particularly her grandmother, pressure her to be submissive, quiet, and spend her adulthood raising children. She finds the courage to stand up to her grandmother’s sexism.
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My Recovery From Depression is a Work in Progress Severe depression runs in Caitlin's family and after a suicide attempt, she is hospitalized. Therapy, writing poems and songs, and playing in a band work together to help in her recovery. [more]
Discovering Myself Beyond the Binary Andrew feels different and unaccepted because of his gender identity and sexuality. But after he finds accepting friends online, he gains the confidence to come out in person.
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Everyone’s Opinion Deserves Respect After Trump is elected president, Emily makes judgments about his voters. Now she "respects all sides of a conversation, instead of tearing down people who don't think the same way I do." [more]
How I Learned to Embrace Therapy After her mother's death and her father's abandonment, the writer realizes she can't deal with her feelings of loss alone. She discovers therapy and learns "it's OK not to be OK." [more]
Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too Nina supports her claim that the response to Hurricane Maria shows islanders are treated like second-class citizens compared to mainland Americans. [more]
I Can Heal The writer is sexually assaulted by her friend, and she keeps it a secret for months until a failed suicide attempt prompts her to write about the experience. [more]
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Am I an Activist? A Roundtable Discussion 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! [more]
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