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All of Me
I refuse to be defined by my disability
author image “I have learned that my disability isn’t the only part of my identity, and that my personality is more important,” says the writer.

As soon as I started kindergarten, I knew I was different from other kids. While the rest of the class sat on the floor for circle time when the teacher read stories, I had to sit on a chair at the back... [more]

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Am I Really Smart? Rainier writes about the conflict between society expecting him to be unintelligent because he’s black, and his parents’ high expectations. [more]
Speaking Up About Sexism in My Family Upset by her family’s traditional ways of having women handle household chores, Mariam decides to speak up. [more]
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The Brooklyn Teen Making His Community Safer Aaron Hoagland grew up around violence in his Flatbush, Brooklyn community. He joins a teen program to help train other young people learn nonviolent ways to solve problems. [more]
Pride and Prejudice and ESL When Chelsea moves to New York from China she doesn't understand any English. Still, she takes on the challenge of reading her favorite childhood novel in the new language. [more]
The 13-Year-Old Striking to Save the Planet For many months, Alexandra Villasenor has been striking in front of the United Nations to protest governments’ inaction about climate change. Now adults are starting to pay attention. [more]
Defining Blackness Frustrated by school experiences that devalue her identity, Christina writes, “I don’t have to conform to this one-dimensional caricature of what it means to be black.” [more]
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Leaving El Salvador Forever The writer makes wise decisions on his perilous journey crossing borders, deserts, and rivers to reunite with his parents in New York City. [more]
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My Whimsical Dad Goes Camping Grace writes with humor and love in this story about her dad's idea to take her and her sister camping "to spend the night in the woods for no reason." [more]
Book Review: Forty-Cent Tip Book review of a collection of immigrant stories compiled by students from three international high schools in New York City. [more]
When I Told My Parents I Was Bisexual When Angie tells both parents separately that she is gay, they have two different reactions. [more]
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