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A round table discussion between teens Ebony Coleman, Kelly Colón, Evin Cruz, Brittany Humphrey, Jimmy Lee, Angelica Petela, Irving Torres, and Renea Williams (full text)

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Mohammed describes how Mr. Seltzer's high standards and demanding regimen brought out the best in his students. (full text)

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Virgen reviews the controversial movie Precious and, as a young person in foster care, she vouches for its true-to-life depiction of a seriously dysfunctional family. However, she finds it too hopeless. (full text)

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Baaria wonders how teens can be expected to respect one another when Romney and Obama constantly insult each other. She argues that negative campaigning damages the political process. (full text)

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The author's mother brought her to the country illegally, but when she enters foster care, she's eligible to get a green card. However, the process is incredibly long and frustrating. (full text)

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This imaginative novel about a teen in foster care, pulls you in with its violent, strange, and dramatic plot—and then gets you to think about your own choices. (full text)

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A play written and performed by youth in foster care reveals the real-life drama of many teens. (full text)

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Two teens take take on the battle of the sexes after attending a talk by the author of the provocatively-titled book, Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else (full text)

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Anthony is teased when his classmates catch him reading a book for fun, but he refuses to change his ways. In fact, he argues that his peers should read more, not less. (full text)

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Florence dislikes reading until she encounters urban fiction, and then Angela's Ashes, during her sophomore high school year. For the first time, books seem relevant to her own life. Florence is now hooked on reading memoirs and hopes to write her own someday. (full text)

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Jamell, who feels alienated in his foster home and at school, finds comfort with a group of friends who like to skip school together. When he realizes he won't be able to graduate on time, he starts changing his ways. (full text)

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Like millions of her peers, Julijana was horrified by "Kony 2012," the viral video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. She wonders why many adults weren't similarly moved, and digs deeper into the story behind the video. (full text)

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After Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot in self-defense, Anthony points out that feeling threatened and actually being in danger are two different things. (full text)

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In the wake of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's murder, Geraldo Rivera went on TV to say that black and Hispanic youth shouldn't wear hoodies because it makes them look menacing. Olivia is outraged and argues that Geraldo's logic is demeaning and ridiculous. (full text)

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Sherilyn learns how her habit of littering affects sea life and begins to care about the environment. (full text)

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Daisy compares Obama and Romney's platforms on education. (full text)

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The author feels intense pressure, so she begins taking pills that help her study. The drugs change her into someone she doesn't recognize. (full text)

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Baaria wonders how teens can be expected to respect one another when Romney and Obama constantly insult each other. (full text)

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Remi is alarmed by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple—and even on her own block. (full text)

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Otis's mother kicks him out and he ends up in a homeless shelter with much older men who drink, smoke and do drugs. He has a hard time facing the reality of his situation. (full text)

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Men are constantly commenting on Margaret's appearance as she walks down the street. She reports on how widespread—and how damaging to girls—street harassment is and describes how some women are fighting back. (full text)

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Ricki interviews author Cris Beam about her new book, To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Beam talks about her personal interest in the topic and her conclusions about the system. (full text)

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Detailed instructions how to properly use a male condom.

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Have you seen posters of tween girls on the subways and buses with the line, "I'm Beautiful The Way I Am"? They're part of NYC's “I’m A Girl” public service campaign addressing girls' self-esteem and body image. Find out why Margaret thinks the campaign misses the point. (full text)

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New York's Summer Youth Employment Program provides much-needed work experience and paychecks to thousands of teens annually. But this summer, there may nearly 3,000 fewer jobs available than last year--unless state legislators act now. (full text)

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Apply now to join our six-week summer workshop, where you'll learn interviewing, research, and writing skills—and be published right here in YCteen! (full text)

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Apply now to join our six-week summer workshop, where you'll learn interviewing, research, and writing skills—and be published right here in Represent! (full text)
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