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Growing Up Homeless
What shelter life is really like
author image Daren writes about moving in and out of homelessness for most of her teen life. She struggles to keep up her grades amid an unstable, chaotic life in shelters.

When I was 11 years old, my mother lost her job as a receptionist for a small carpentry company. After a few months of not being able to pay the rent... [more]

Education (In)Equality Education (In)Equality
Coming Out in School - I’m Not the Racism Police - Is the SHSAT Fair? - Don't Call Me 'Ghetto" - PLUS: Our Interview With Schools Chancellor Carranza
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The Great Escape Salenna tries to become more popular via Facebook and Instagram but it ends up making her feel envious and lonely. Unplugging improves her life.

Book Review: <em>The Go-Between</em> Atl reviews the novel, "The Go-Between," and interviews the author Veronica Chambers about how they both identify with the main character, who is an immigrant. [more]
Don’t Push Me Out, Push Me Forward Selena moves from foster home to foster home and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Fed up, she acts out in school. If teachers tried to understand her, she’d make more of an effort to succeed academically. [more]
A Fish Out of Water When the writer's mom asks her to clean her aquarium with over 20 fish, it turns into a dark comedy of errors. [more]
Book Review: <em>The Mare</em> Mario reviews Mary Gaitskill's novel and finds to his surprise that he identifies with the abusive mom as much as the abused daughter. [more]
No <em>High School Musical</em> For Me Anaiss prefers being alone to being in a group. Although she struggles to make friends in a new school, she doesn’t compromise by joining a clique. She eventually finds a few classmates who she connects with. [more]
I Didn’t Let Years of Beatings Beat Me Xavier reflects on how being beaten by his stepfather throughout his childhood affects his behavior and relationships. Suddenly, his stepfather apologizes. [more]
This Angel’s No Angel The writer begins a relationship with a boy whose confidence she finds attractive. He starts pressuring her to have sex, and begins to treat her poorly when he’s around his friends. [more]
Why I Am an Atheist Elia is raised in Kiev, Ukraine in a strict Orthodox Christian family. When she begins to read the Bible closely, she feels it, and God, are discriminatory. [more]
No Longer Feeling Alone When the writer moves here from the Dominican Republic, she feels isolated. She misses her friends and grandmother. Kids make fun of her, and her mom neglects her. It takes a dramatic act to get her mom’s attention. [more]
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