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Shy Girls Can Lead
Youth councils helped me recognize my strengths
author image Bernadette was shy and insecure. In an effort to become more outgoing and confident, she joins several youth councils.

I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was about 10. My first taste of how law can help people was watching the TV show Judge Judy... [more]

How I Got Through It How I Got Through It
He Was Cute, Then Creepy - Mom, Dad, Leave Me Out Of It - I’m Nothing Like My Violent Father - PLUS: I’m #BlackinBrooklynTech - Why We Must Dump Trump
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The 2016 Presidential Election Your questions about voting answered. YCteen editors also ask the writers: If you were 18, who would you have voted for in the primary and why? [more]
Contest Winners #232: Letters to Parents Winners write letters to their parents sharing what they think they should know about—and don’t. [more]
Fed Up With Being Labeled Austin wrestles with the pressure he gets from friends based on an Asian stereotype. "You're made to be good in math," they say. [more]
Violence Against Women Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. [more]
Acting Brave Made Me Brave Shameera surprises herself when she’s able to remain strong and brave during two natural disasters. Inspired by her courage in handling these situations, she attempts to conquer her biggest fear: public speaking. [more]
Trump: A Dangerous Radical Victor points out that possible presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he himself is an extremist who incites violence. [more]
Refusing to Stay Silent After being sexually abused throughout her life by numerous men in her family, the writer meets other young women and learns that her experience is common in her South Asian culture. [more]
Missing My Mom When Jovani's supportive, loving mother unexpectedly dies, he deals with her painful absence by reflecting on the values and ideas she instilled in him. [more]
Too Much Pressure When the writer’s parents start arguing over an alleged affair, both turn to him for advice and comfort. He eventually finds a way to tell his parents to seek counsel from adults. [more]
Did You Know Batman’s a Dad? Ian struggled with reading and didn't enjoy it until he discovered the world of comics. They have inspired him to read books in other genres and write his own stories. [more]
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