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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Volunteering Helps Me Too
Giving more and getting more.
author image Marlo starts volunteering mostly to make business connections, but then a foster care organization helps him with college. He vows to keep giving back.

I started volunteering during my sophomore year of college. I admit it was not just out of altruism: I wanted to enhance my resume and expand my networking opportunities. I realized I would meet successful people volunteering... [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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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]
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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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Her Hitting Taught Me Violence, Not Discipline E.F. looks back on her mother's abuse and her own fighting at school. She is placed with her grandmother at age 11, goes to therapy, and learns to handle her own feelings. [more]
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Powerful Attachments Psychotherapist Russell Saunders explains how to heal from a parent's abuse or neglect, how to make boundaries with those parents, and what needs to happen before you can forgive them. [more]
I’ll Raise My Daughter Without My Mother Z. Oliveras runs away and is pregnant at age 13. Her mother is abusive and unsupportive, so Z. turns herself into foster care before she has her baby. [more]
A Foster Mom Becomes Family The writer finds his first loving parent in foster care when he's a teen. Her acceptance helps him envision a better future for himself. [more]
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Moving Beyond My Mother’s Limits When D. Morrison becomes depressed, her mother is unsympathetic and scornful. D. finds good therapists and learns not to make herself vulnerable to her mom and to accept her limits. [more]
If You Want Me To Listen to You, Listen to Me Robert's parents neglect and abuse him, and he's sent to a group home. Feeling unheard, he acts out until he receives love and attention from mentors, a therapist, and his grandmother. [more]
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