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My School Opened Me Up About Other Cultures
Becoming Americans Together
author image After immigrating from El Salvador, the author makes and learns from friends from around the world at a high school for international students.

I grew up in El Salvador in a small town in the countryside. There were only about 100 families there; I knew everybody and everybody knew me. The streets were dirt and turned into a river when it rained... [more]

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The Bronx Junior Fighting for Equitable Schools Sixteen-year-old Leanne Nunes has experienced inequity in her own education and is committed to changing the system. [more]
How I Rejected What Others Think Girls Should Be Lisbeth is bullied about her looks when she’s younger but upon reflection, and with the support of the women in her family, she creates her own definition of beauty. [more]
Students of Color Protest an 'Unrecognized Culture of Bias' How should schools respond to racist behavior? Rainier looks at both sides of the issue surrounding a protest staged by students of color at Ethical Culture Fieldston high school this past winter. [more]
All of Me “I have learned that my disability isn’t the only part of my identity, and that my personality is more important,” says the writer. [more]
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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