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Always Writing Out My Life
From the inside out.
author image Precious has been homeless and in foster care. Writing has always helped her cope, so she sets up a website to allow others to share their stories.

Everything important has been written down first. Movie scripts are written before they’re made into scenes; songs are written before they’re recorded, and business goals are written before they’re completed. Writing is the first step to creating... [more]

We Did It We Did It
My Activism - Sticking With BLM - I Put My Abuser Behind Bars - Sharing My Story in DC - ALSO: Our Interview With the ACS Commissioner PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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Am I an Activist? A Roundtable Discussion Writers from the 2017 summer writing workshop explore what it means to be an activist. They realize while talking that they actually do quite a lot! [more]
Movie Review: <em>The Florida Project</em> Like the mom in the movie, reviewer Alexus had a fun, loving, but irresponsible mother. She says the movie is like a candy-colored version of her own childhood. [more]
Keeping Immigrants Out Isn’t the Key to Our Safety—Gun Control Is Melanie argues that gun control is the way to keep American's safe—not Trump's attempts to keep immigrants out of the country. [more]
Launch Pad Jazmine reports on Techie Youth, a nonprofit that gives hands-on computer training to foster youth and former foster youth. [more]
ACS Commish Emphasizes School Abigail Johnson, Demetria Mack, and Elvia Victorio interview ACS Commissioner David Hansell about his plans to improve foster care. [more]
Volunteering Helps Me Too Marlo starts volunteering mostly to make business connections, but then a foster care organization helps him with college. He vows to keep giving back. [more]
Sticking With Black Lives Matter Demetria joins a new Black Lives Matter club in her school. She gets frustrated with her small role, but overcomes her impatience for the sake of the cause. [more]
Foster Youth School Congress Quotesia Johnson was part of Shadow Day 2017, where former foster youth tell the U.S. Congress about issues affecting their lives. Five House bills resulted from the youths' testimony. [more]
Immigrants Work on the Weekends Too Elvia Victorio works a lot, including as a professional photographer on the weekend. She shares pictures of the rodeos she shoots every Sunday, featuring other hard-working Hispanic immigrants. [more]
Writing Saved My Life Writing and working with an editor helped Zaniyah understand her own anger, forgive herself, and take control of her life. [more]
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