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Even Loners Need Friends
Feeling like I don't belong
author image Wensley never had a lot of friends even before he moved here from his home country of Haiti. But now, his accent and his shyness make it more difficult to connect.

When I moved here three summers ago, I thought New York City was the perfect place because I could watch as much TV as I liked and we had electricity all day... [more]

Navigating Love Navigating Love
He's Way Too Needy - She Makes Me Better - My Dad's a Crack Addict And I Love Him - PLUS - What's Hot: Summer Books - Tupac and Me - My Body's Just Fine
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FEATURED STORIES
It's Never Too Late After years of rejection from her father, Tameara finally learns that the reason he is so absent is because he is a crack addict. [more]
Would My Mom Still Love Me If I Were a Lesbian? Even though Damia’s mom doesn’t mind if other people are gay, she would be disappointed if any of her children were. [more]
What Helped Me When I Was Homeless Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. [more]
Book Review: <em>Redeemed</em> Levaunna sees herself reflected in the characters portrayed in the final book of the popular “House of Night” series. [more]
The American Dream Feels More Like a Nightmare After the writer moves from Korea to the U.S., his once fun-loving dad struggles to adjust to his new life here, and becomes perpetually angry and demanding. [more]
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Nowhere to Go At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. [more]
Misconceptions About Africans Aissata, an immigrant from Senegal, is stunned by her classmates’ ignorance about Africa. We do wear shoes, she writes, and don't have lions for pets. [more]
Making the Best Out of Foster Care The writer never imagines she’ll end up in foster care, but when she does, she discovers its benefits, like dental care and money for college. [more]
Writing Helped Reduce My Rage The writer expresses his anger at the foster care system by getting into fights until his therapist encourages him to write rap lyrics to let it out instead. [more]
Movie Review: <em>Into the Woods</em> Emily reviews the film adaptation of the theatrical musical and discovers there’s more to the story than just a cast of fairy tale characters romping through a forest. [more]
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