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Issue #267 (May/June 2019) issue cover
I Define Me

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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.” (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Sixteen-year-old Leanne Nunes has experienced inequity in her own education and is committed to changing the system. (full text)

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“I have learned that my disability isn’t the only part of my identity, and that my personality is more important,” says the writer. (full text)

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The writer makes wise decisions on his perilous journey crossing borders, deserts, and rivers to reunite with his parents in New York City. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to previous issues. (full text)

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Upset by her family’s traditional ways of having women handle household chores, Mariam decides to speak up. (full text)

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Rainier writes about the conflict between society expecting him to be unintelligent because he’s black, and his parents’ high expectations. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)
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