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Issue #232 (May/June 2012) issue cover
Activism
How do teens change the world today?

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Kelly joins her high school's Gay-Straight Alliance. Despite unpleasant reactions from some peers, she participates in annual awareness-raising events. (full text)

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Julieta's passionate Spanish teacher inspires her to learn about Latin America, get involved in politics, and stand up against injustice.
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Isaura compares herself to her curvy classmates, and is intimidated by their critiques of one another's looks. (full text)

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YCteen writers respond to Miss Representation, a film that shows how the media focuses on women's appearance and sexuality. (full text)

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Tuition is getting more expensive, interest rates on student loans are going up, and George's anxiety is escalating, too. He seeks advice on how to face the challenge of college costs. (full text)

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The "Dream Team," a student group at Juana's school, lobbies for New York's DREAM Act, a bill that would help undocumented students get state financial aid for college. (full text)

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Julijana is horrified by "Kony 2012," a video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, and immediately shares the link on Facebook. However, after learning more about the viral video, she wonders if social media is an effective tool for activism. (full text)

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New sex ed curriculum includes an interesting (optional) homework assignment: Students are supposed to go to a drugstore to shop for condoms. Julieta does her homework. (full text)

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Marci tries to be supportive when Deborah is hospitalized for anorexia, but gets the cold shoulder. As their friendship falters, Marci attempts once more to repair the friendship, this time with better results. (full text)

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Linda feels helpless when her classmates regularly make fun of her naturally thin build, calling her "anorexic." She tries her best to ignore all the mean comments, but later regrets not standing up for herself more. (full text)

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New York's anti-bullying law, the Dignity for All Students Act, provides some protection to victims, but it doesn't go far enough. (full text)

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Jhanae wants to be the skinniest girl on the track team, but the results of her extreme diet are more dramatic—and embarrassing—than she expects. (full text)

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Describe a time when you got good advice from an adult but didn’t take it. What was the advice and why did you ignore it? (full text)

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Luis attempts to diet, but his mom's dismissive attitude and delicious cooking make it difficult. Eventually, he finds the support he needs to get healthy. (full text)
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