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Trying to Trust
My father’s abandonment lingers
author image 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.

On my first day of high school, I saw a boy that I liked. His name was Craig. After a few days, he walked into my math class. I was shy so I didn’t talk to him first. Then, one day after class... [more]

Becoming Myself Becoming Myself
From Shy to Confident - Finding Power in Loving My Body - PLUS: My New Gay Life - ESSAY CONTEST: Win $150
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How We Got an All-Gender Bathroom Sydney is part of a club that makes fighting for an all-gender bathroom in their school a priority. [more]
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Big Lies and Great Expectations Although Emily likes the academic rigors of her specialized high school, she struggles with the notion that she can’t pursue her artistic inclinations. [more]
Students Around the World March For Our Future Zachary reports on his experience at the 2019 climate strike. He calls for young people to hold their elected representatives accountable for combating climate change. [more]
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How I Stopped Fighting The author is abused and bullied, and becomes very angry. Fighting is a good release for her -- until she faces arrest. Then she learns self-control. [more]
Microaggressions Are Actually Major Asa tries to ignore a friend’s racist comments and behavior, but it snowballs and soon she must confront not only her “friend” but also the principal. [more]
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LGBTQ People Have Always Existed Adrian resents people telling them that being nonbinary is something new. In fact, nonbinary people have existed—and been celebrated—by diverse cultures for ages. [more]
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Black Students Deserve More Black Teachers Will asks a trusted principal about the lack of black teachers in his school and explains why this lack is problematic. [more]
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Growing Up Fast<br /> After immigrating from Haiti at age 11, Sabatine has to help her parents navigate life in the United States. "It’s shown me that I can handle a lot," she writes. [more]
How I Survived My First Semester of College After struggling with her course load, Gabby reaches out to her advisor for help and comes up with a plan. [more]
Mami, What's 'Deported'? Luzeli worries about the possibility of being separated from her parents, who are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. [more]
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