The youth-written stories in YCteen give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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I Had to Dig Up My Buried Emotions to Save My Life
Finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
author image The writer adopts a tough persona, squelching his own feelings. He alienates his girlfriend, loses his son, and almost ends his life. He finally gets real and turns his life around.

Emotions are very powerful and they should be respected, not ignored. I learned this lesson the hard way. When I was in high school I was placed in a group home... [more]

Transformation Transformation
Digging Up Buried Feelings - Birth of an Activist - From Player to Girlfriend - Beyond the Gender Binary - Hiding Behind Makeup - ALSO: Book Review: A Stone of Hope PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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Turning It Around Shateek sees no future for himself, so he messes up in school. Helped by a few counselors, he applies himself just in time to graduate and get into college. [more]
My First Protest: March for Our Lives Inspired by the activist teens in Parkland, Florida, Carolina takes a bus to Washington DC to protest gun violence and the lack of laws preventing it. [more]
Medication Didn’t Solve My Sadness J.G. has a sad life and sometimes acts out in unhealthy ways. She's put on way too much medication, which doesn't feel like a solution. She tries to change her way of looking at things instead. [more]
Beyond the Binary Andrew notices from an early age that he does not identify with anything heavily gendered, neither masculine nor feminine. On the Internet, he discovers the concept of "non-binary" and finds himself. [more]
The Great Escape Salenna tries to become more popular via Facebook and Instagram but it ends up making her feel envious and lonely. Unplugging improves her life. [more]
Movie Review: <em>The Florida Project</em> Alexus reviews The Florida Project, which follows a 6-year-old girl living in a motel with her fun but irresponsible mother. Alexus sees parallels with her own childhood. [more]
Foster Care: A Weird Ride The author never finds the support and love he needs in foster care. Instead he learns not to depend on anyone else. [more]
Making the Best Out of Foster Care The author opts for a group home rather than a "fake family" of foster parents and tries to take full advantage of what the system offers. [more]
Respect, Listen: A Longtime Child Welfare Worker on What Works Tayia interviews MyraMae King, who worked in child welfare for almost 40 years. King shares suggestions including involving birth parents more and helping youth stay in touch with all good caregivers. [more]
Not Ready to Feel It All Yet The author goes into care for five months with little explanation. He copes by narrowing his vision down to doing well in school and trying not to worry about what he can't control. [more]
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