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Peer Pressure (12 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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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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Shameera is weary of being compared to her accomplished older brother. She strategizes to carve out her own identity. (full text)
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David succumbs to pressure from his two older sisters to go on a roller coaster with them for the first time. (full text)
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Although many of his friends are gang members, the writer decides not to join. (full text)
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Charlene gives into peer pressure from her friends to cut school, drink, and smoke. When they are arrested, she has a change of heart. (full text)
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Janill is appalled by the openly sexual dancing that goes on at her school dance. (full text)
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Eager to get “experience,” the writer rushes into sex with a boy she hardly knows. (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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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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It doesn’t matter what the guys around his way have to say—Damon’s going to wait until he’s married. (full text)
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When Jamel turns 14, his childhood friends start smoking marijuana and pressure him to join them. (full text)

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