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Issue #268 (September/October 2019) issue cover
We Can Make It Right

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After immigrating from El Salvador, the author makes and learns from friends from around the world at a high school for international students. (full text)

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Kevin's basketball team comes up with a plan to end racist taunting at games. (full text)

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Luzeli worries about the possibility of being separated from her parents, who are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. (full text)

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Savannah reads about accomplished black women and writes, "When I learn about historical figures who look like me achieving great things, it shows me that a lot is possible despite the odds I may have to face. (full text)

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Rainier feels different at his predominately white school, but writes that "hearing I’m 'not black enough' stings worse than being the odd one out." (full text)

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Mariam finds a spiritual connection after doing her own research about her religion. (full text)

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Gabrielle worries that feeling depressed means her faith is weak, but ultimately discovers that seeking therapy doesn't make her a bad Christian. (full text)

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After struggling with her course load, Gabby reaches out to her advisor for help and comes up with a plan. (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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Zachary evaluates different presidential candidates' positions on climate change. (full text)

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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. (full text)
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