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Work & Money (25 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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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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DeAnna writes about her life during the four years following her high school graduation and her journey toward independence. She learns it is a meandering road. (full text)
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Damia’s dream of becoming a lawyer, her worry about her English language skills, and her fear of criminals collide when she lands an internship at a District Attorney’s office. (full text)
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Eliza navigates around her parents’ wish for her to become a doctor and finds a career path that feels right. (full text)
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Diamonique is excited to land her first job at a McDonald’s, but her boss soon becomes verbally abusive. (full text)
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Donald wonders why his job applications go unanswered—until a job training program teaches him what it means to be professional. (full text)
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While Wall St. has recovered from the recession, a lot of low and moderate income workers have lost their jobs permanently. NYC reporters travel to three different neighborhoods (wealthy, moderate income, and poor) to find out on the ground how the recession is affecting people. (full text)
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Chantal describes both the benefits and pitfalls of having a bank account. (full text)
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The recession of 2008-2011 is the latest setback for Marco’s father, an immigrant who hoped to find financial stability when he came to the U.S. 20 years ago. (full text)
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The writer, an illegal immigrant, scrambles to find a job that pays well and won’t ask for his Social Security number. (full text)
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Xavier racks up $2,100 in credit card debt before deciding to take control of his finances. (full text)
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Diana feels ashamed that her family is on welfare—until she sees what it’s like to pay bills. (full text)
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Josbeth got her first job at 15, and working has taught her to be responsible, keep her cool, and overcome her shyness. (full text)
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Sharif faces impatient customers, uncooperative cash registers, and self-doubts during his first day at work. (full text)
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Marlo attends a for-profit college and gets into some debt. He researches for-profits and finds out that public schools are a better value. (full text)
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The author has been in care most of his life. He loves his biological parents and sees them often, but gets more support and encouragement from his foster mom. (full text)
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The author was physically and emotionally abused. When she ages out of care, she finds that years of being put down keep her from going after work or college. (full text)
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The author, who has a son, doesn't learn until she's 19 that she doesn't have a green card. She scrambles to get that before she ages out. (full text)
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Otis looks back at writing for Represent for five years and how it's helped him get in touch with his feelings and inspire others. (full text)
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The author recounts the scary countdown to turning 21 with her work hours being cut, her public housing not ready, and her foster mother's commitment shaky. (full text)
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The author's lust for money gets him in trouble, but he learns to redirect that desire into a plan to become an accountant. (full text)
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Chimore gets in big trouble - and debt - with her first debit card, but it teaches her valuable lessons about being careful with her spending. (full text)
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Chimore breaks down the rewards and hazards of having a credit card. (full text)
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Asia spends half her paycheck on her friend's party. The friend swears she'll pay it back and never does; Asia gets new friends. (full text)
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Chimore wants to have a good credit history because she's about to age out of foster care. Then she finds out that her identity has been stolen and fraudulent credit card accounts opened in her name. (full text)

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