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High School (51 found)
Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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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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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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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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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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Jeimmy questions the fairness of her school’s dress code after she’s punished for a violation. She notices that the schoolwide policy only seems to apply to girls. (full text)
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Not only does Aniqa believe her school's dress code contributes to female oppression, she also notices that mostly girls get called out. She observes boys who are allowed to wear shirts displaying naked photos of women. (full text)
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Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. (full text)
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David’s shy, but when a friend is bullied once too often, he speaks up. This makes him a target, but instead of backing down, David continues to protest. His tenacity pays off. (full text)
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Selena moves from foster home to foster home and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Fed up, she acts out in school. If teachers tried to understand her, she’d make more of an effort to succeed academically. (full text)
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Boys sexually harass the writer in middle school after she develops. Her friends don't take it seriously and she's too embarrassed to tell her parents. (full text)
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The author finds school stressful and overwhelming. He's diagnosed with anxiety and learning disorders and thrives when he goes to Hallen, a school for kids with special needs. (full text)
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DeAnna's habit of cutting class finally catches up with her. She decides to transfer to a new school, but first she must prove that she's serious about starting over. (full text)
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Students talk about the people, attitudes, and behaviors that may help or hinder them on the road to success. (full text)
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The writer’s mom is so focused on pushing her to excel in school and on her college admissions tests, she doesn’t see that the relationship has become reduced to yelling and lecturing. (full text)
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Nhi’s first days in the U.S. are frustrating and unnerving. When she makes an effort to be social, her willingness to step outside her comfort zone is rewarded. (full text)
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Julia was home-schooled until the eighth grade when she decided to switch to a traditional high school. Here, she writes about the pros and cons of both. (full text)
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Two years after dropping out of high school, Desmin starts a GED prep class. Despite setbacks, he makes progress and plans for the future. (full text)
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When David moves from Seoul, Korea to Flower Mound, Texas, he feels like he’s been transported to another planet. He describes his adjustment to America in vivid and humorous detail. (full text)
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Paige is regularly bullied by classmates, but teachers and school administrators ignore her complaints. Finally, she switches schools. (full text)
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Many New York City high school grads need extra help before they're ready for college classes. This can hurt their chances of ever earning a degree from CUNY or other colleges. (full text)
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In a sidebar to his plagiarism quiz, Evin provides tips on how to make sure you're not plagiarizing. (full text)
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In a quiz with examples, Evin shows readers there's more to plagiarism than cutting and pasting. (full text)
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The writer is being abused at home, but doesn'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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An article in a school paper, meant to be a satire poking fun of people who are intolerant of gays, offends the student body and leads to a debate about freedom of the press. (full text)
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At 14, Oni decides she no longer wants to be isolated from the hearing world and transfers to a public high school. (full text)
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Wilber finds acceptance at a high school for gay youth. (full text)
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At a mostly white private school, Sayda finds her identity as a Latina. (full text)
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Moving to different foster homes has disrupted the writer's education, but she still manages to graduate. (full text)
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A college visit is a wake-up call for Edgar, who realizes that to succeed he will have to take more responsibility for his education. (full text)
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Shameka feels abandoned when her school makes little effort to help her apply to college. She later realizes that it's also up to her to take some initiative. (full text)
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A learning disability and the difficulties of living in foster care have caused Eric to fall far behind in high school. (full text)
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When Fan Yi enters a prestigious high school, she’s astounded to find widespread cheating. (full text)
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At a high school for immigrants, Sandra feels comfortable enough to master English. (full text)
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Why did the girl with the best reading score in her whole junior high get left back in 9th grade? (full text)
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To fit in, Jesselin does poorly in junior high—until she realizes she’s jeopardizing her chance to go to college. (full text)
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A sense of failure holds Angi back in school, until she breaks the pattern and gets help. (full text)
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Transferring from a large, impersonal high school to a small, supportive one is the key to Troy’s success. (full text)
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As she gets older, Sarah finds ways to deal with her learning disability, but it never entirely goes away. (full text)
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Selena struggles in school because of the trauma of foster care -- being abused, switching homes and schools all the time. She resists an IEP, but flourishes once she has one. (full text)
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Chris suffers abuse at home, including his adoptive mom not accepting his gender identity. He nearly gives up on school, but in a small school for kids with emotional challenges, he thrives. (full text)
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Chefalo is a trainer and advocate who pinpoints ways that principals and teachers could use trauma-informed care to help their students in foster care. (full text)
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Desmin explains how a tough, crime-ridden high school and chaotic home life put him on the path to dropping out. (full text)
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The author tries and tries to pass her Regents: She hires a tutor, she adjusts her medication, she applies for an IEP. Finally she finds the right supports to pass and graduate. (full text)
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Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. Still, she manages to graduate as valedictorian. (full text)
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Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. (full text)
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Chris is bullied relentlessly in middle school, which makes it impossible to learn. The school won't help him, so he finally transfers to a school that doesn't tolerate bullying. (full text)
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N.V. is let down repeatedly by her mom, before and after she goes into care. As a teen, she realizes she'll never get the mothering she longs for. (full text)
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Carlos reviews a novel that explores a girl's reasons for suicide. The hero of the book, and Carlos, realize that you need to pay attention to signs that peers are suffering. (full text)
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Carlos joins the popular group at school, but realizes he doesn't really like them when he sees them spreading rumors. (full text)
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Desmin admits he's no angel in school, but feels his teachers unfairly single him out, waiting for him to do something wrong so they can pounce. He wants to succeed, but can't break the cycle of anger that has him in danger of being tossed out. (full text)

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