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You Don’t Know Me: Seeing Past Stereotypes
How it feels to be snap-judged
author image Christina introduces the Stereotypes issue. She describes her shame when she learned that some people look down on those who live in the projects and are in foster care.

I was 14 when I first realized that people look down on the projects. I heard some girls at an after-school program say that everyone from the projects is... [more]

You Don't Know Me You Don't Know Me
My Apartment in the Projects Is Nice! - I Look Female, But Call Me "He" - Ask, Don't Assume, About Foster Youth - Don't Want to Be a Macho Man -ALSO - How I'd Improve Foster Care
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Don’t Get Played Chantal describes both the benefits and pitfalls of having a bank account. [more]
What Is Mental Illness? The author interviews a social worker about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of mental illness. [more]
Man With a Plan When a fellow resident ages out into homelessness, Michael resolves to make a plan for himself. [more]
Abortion: It Was the Right Choice for Me Facing an unplanned pregnancy at 16, the writer realizes she’s not ready to be a mother and opts for an abortion. [more]
I Report to Make Facebook Safer After Leah is the victim of a childhood bully, she's inspired to take action against cyberbullies by learning to report on Facebook. [more]
A Safe Place Rejected by her mother, Donalay finally finds acceptance at a GLBTQ group home. [more]
<em>Short Term 12</em> Gets RTFs Right Anthony reviews the new film about a group home, Short Term 12, and recognizes things from his own time in a residential treatment facility. [more]
Opening Up to My Shorty A former player, Antwaun discovers it feels good to get close to one person. [more]
Will Lawmakers Approve Funds for Summer Youth Jobs? New York's Summer Youth Employment Program provides much-needed work experience and paychecks to thousands of teens annually. But this summer, there may nearly 3,000 fewer jobs available than last year--unless state legislators act now. [more]
The Crew from the Parking Lot Reflecting on the mistakes of his childhood friends, Ferentz is determined to do something more with his life. [more]
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