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Six Weeks in Thailand
Stepping out of my comfort zone to discover myself.
author image When Brianna visits Khon Kaen through an intercultural exchange program, she learns to be more independent. “This trip helped me discover that despite my natural inclination to be shy, I am capable of doing courageous things.”

Last summer, when I was 17, I got the opportunity to visit Khon Kaen, Thailand, and stay with a host family for six weeks... [more]

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Speaking My Truth As a reporter for her school newspaper, Aishamanne is accused of being angry and “ranting” about race. After discussing this with friends, she concludes it’s important for her to speak her truth, no matter what others think. [more]
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Book Review: <em>Nujeen</em> “Some people don’t want Syrian refugees to come here. But we need to help them,” writes Jaelyn. That 17-year-old Nujeen is also wheelchair-bound makes her journey from Syria to Germany even more dramatic. [more]
Why Activism Matters Now More Than Ever Now that Trump is president, the Mexican-American writer, who is outraged by his hateful language about “all people who aren’t white and rich like him,” begins attending protests to make her voice heard. [more]
I’m More Than My Grades Aishamanne is a fierce, informed debater of social issues and flourishes as a reporter on her high school newspaper. But she worries colleges will only judge her based on her average grades. [more]
With DeVos, Our Public Schools May Be in Trouble We now have a secretary of education who has no experience either personally or professionally with public schools. Damali reports on why and how this affects New York City teens. [more]
Book Review: <em>Dietland</em> As Crystal Stevens writes in this review, "Dietland will make you step back and question how women are treated in our society. [more]
Coming Out When Shakeva's mother doesn't embrace the news that she's gay, she feels lost. Diving into the world of LGBTQ authors, entertainers, and history, helps her feel more confident and connected. [more]
Dashikis and Dreadlocks When Aishamanne changes schools in 3rd grade, the new girls make fun of her dreadlocks. She begins exploring her historical heritage and learns her dreads are a proud "radical expression of my blackness." [more]
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