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Seventeen year-old Briella Dade always wanted to do hair and her goal is to own a salon. To do that, she originally planned to graduate high school, go to cosmetology school... [more]

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Not a Stretch Eliza navigates around her parents’ wish for her to become a doctor and finds a career path that feels right. [more]
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Change for the Better Nhi’s first days in the U.S. are frustrating and unnerving. When she makes an effort to be social, her willingness to step outside her comfort zone is rewarded. [more]
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I Expected to Fail... As an African-American male who grew up in foster care, Orlando feels double stigma. But a professor's comment makes him determined to succeed in college. [more]
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Worlds to Explore Nhi is convinced she wants to be a journalist until she gets to college. Taking sociology and business courses and joining a college club makes her think about changing majors. [more]
Good Enough to Be a Lawyer Damia’s dream of becoming a lawyer, her worry about her English language skills, and her fear of criminals collide when she lands an internship at a District Attorney’s office. [more]
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College Applicants: Your 6 Biggest Worries, Solved Applying to college can be extra stressful for kids who are dealing with poverty or whose parents can't help. College counselor Joshua Steckel addresses some common worries. [more]
Speak Out: Black Lives Matter After the decision not to indict the white police officer accused of killing Eric Garner, who was black, five writers went to their first-ever protest. [more]
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You Can’t Take the Hood Out of the Girl Roberta writes about her love-hate relationship with the hood. “I hate it because of all the violence, but I’m thankful to it for making me a strong, determined girl." [more]
Was My Mother Ever a Mother? With his brothers' and grandmother's help, the writer comes to terms with having a mother who has been addicted to crack since he was an infant.
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Speak Out: Not Who You Think I Am We all have aspects of our identities that are surprising to others. Here, teens reveal less obvious parts of themselves that they’re proud of. [more]
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