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Emmett. Kalief. Josiah. More Than Just Names
Don't look away.
author image Josiah has studied the history of white violence against black people for several years. He thinks the country may be "awakening" in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

“Hey Emmett!” a white kid yelled at me as we were playing dodgeball during my 6th grade gym class. I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t even know what the insult meant,... [more]

Inside Voices Inside Voices
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, teen writers will cover social isolation, foster care, remote learning, and loss, along with tips for how they're staying sane. [more stories]

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Seeing My Teachers as Human Beings During Quarantine In the midst of the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic, Jessica appreciates that her teachers are suffering too, even as they support and help their students. [more]
Waiting for the World to Come Back S.T. is in a group home for unaccompanied minors after fleeing violence in Guinea, Africa. He makes sense of the pandemic by painting. [more]
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Coronavirus Wrecked My Transition From Foster Care Joanna managed to secure housing, daycare for her son, a school for herself, and the services she needed as she left foster care. But coronavirus shut it all down. [more]
Doing My Part to Control the Spread of the Coronavirus Matthew moved from denial to acceptance of the health crisis, drawing on his experience with depression. He took himself out of school before it closed, to protect others. [more]
Here, Queer, and Finally Clear Although Adrian's family was accepting "of queer stuff" they still felt that it was a "disgusting, wrong thing." Finally, they realize no one hated them for being gay but themselves. [more]
Taking the Best of Both Worlds Mocked by her family for not being able to properly hold chopsticks, Claire doesn’t feel Korean enough. A friend validates her feelings. [more]
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Redefining Beauty for Myself Daleelah is self-conscious about her weight until she participates in a girls' empowerment group. There she discovers self-love as a revolutionary act in the face of society’s negative beauty stereotypes. [more]
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Why Suspensions Don’t Work After getting suspended, Khyron considers the punishment and makes the case for its ineffectiveness, suggesting restorative justice is more apt. [more]
How I Learned What a Real Friend Is Caitlin struggles to make meaningful friendships until she gets support from a school counselor and her mom. [more]
Trying to Trust After being abandoned by her father, Amber has a hard time trusting others, even a boy who tries to show her that he’s here to stay. [more]
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