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Advocating at Shadow Day
Foster youth tell the New York City Council how to improve care
author image Alesha participates in Shadow Day, where New York foster youth get to spend a day with the New York City Council. The youth advocate for changes they'd like to see in the city's foster care system.

Foster Youth Shadow Day is an opportunity for foster youth to follow members of the New York City Council as they do their jobs at City Hall. The young people also get to talk to Council members about their experiences... [more]

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Advocating at Shadow Day Alesha participates in Shadow Day, where New York foster youth get to spend a day with the New York City Council. The youth advocate for changes they'd like to see in the city's foster care system. [more]
How I Heal My Broken Heart The author was molested by her uncle for several years. After she goes into care, she heals her heart with therapy, groups, prayer, good relationships, and writing about it. [more]
Pregnant at 13—What I Wish I’d Heard The author has not-entirely-consensual sex before she’s ready. She’s ashamed that it happened and ashamed to be pregnant. [more]
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The Unreal World: Why I Had to Quit Facebook Sabatine is enchanted by the wonders of life online, until Facebook takes over her life and her schoolwork starts to slip. [more]
I Can't Forget The author was raped as a child. She doesn’t realize how traumatized she is until she starts to get physical with her first boyfriend and freaks out. [more]
My Road Through College Victor has extreme anxiety and depression, and it keeps him from passing his college classes. There’s a drug that could help, but he fears it’s “for crazy people.” [more]
From Addiction to Connection Alesha gets addicted to drugs and alcohol after her family spins out of control. She’s always “partying” but always alone. [more]
How I Became an Activist Wendy was born in the U.S., but her parents were not. She is appalled by Trump’s hate speech about Mexicans and other immigrants, so she takes to the streets. [more]
Moving Past Shame A therapist explains why people blame themselves for being abused as children and how to break free of that trap. [more]
When the Private Becomes Public The author is a shy and private person who’s shocked by how much her business is out in the open when she goes into care. [more]
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