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Issue #219 (February/March, 2010) issue cover
Alone in the Crowd

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Christian's been bullied for years. He tries to fit in with a group of alternative kids who have Mohawks and piercings, but they don't treat him any better. Still his new look boosts his confidence. (full text)

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Daichka doesn't fit in with the other kids at school. She dedicates herself to reading books, and gets the support, acceptance, love, and understanding that she doesn't get from people. (full text)

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Kicked out of the house by her mother, the writer goes to live with her father. Although life's not perfect, she realizes she shouldn't blame herself for a situation over which she had no control. (full text)

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To prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, New York City distributes free condoms, including in many high schools. This article debunks the urban legend that the condoms are less reliable than those bought in stores. (full text)

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The writer is being abused at home but can't share that secret with anyone. She bonds with a teacher at school, who offers support and love when the writer needs it most. (full text)

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On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. More than 300,000 people died and a million were made homeless. The shockwaves were felt around the world, especially in Haitian communities. Cassandra Charles, living in New York City, describes the events and feelings she experienced in the first few days following the quake. (full text)
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