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Why Teens of Color Should Learn to Code

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I was first introduced to coding in 4th grade when all math classes were assigned to do Hour of Code activities for one day. These beginner activities were fun and easy, but my journey with code ended on the same day it started because math was my least favorite subject. I had the wrong idea […]

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Youth Have the Power

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Last June, one of the teachers at my school organized a Zoom workshop in an effort to get high school students to register to vote in this year’s election. I expected the Zoom room to be overflowing with students, but only about 10 showed up. I couldn’t understand why more students didn’t care about voting […]

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I Started My Own Charity

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The burning Dhaka summer sun reflected off the rearview mirror of my parents’ Toyota as I sat in the backseat with my sister. It was a typical afternoon, 100 degrees, and I could feel the sweat on my skin. I was 5 years old. The smell of gasoline attacked my nostrils as we remained stuck […]

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Redefining Beauty for Myself

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In elementary school, my brother and I were too young to be left home alone, so my mother took us with her to her weekly Weight Watchers meetings. I spent my Sundays sitting cross-legged in a carpeted room with large windows and posters on the wall encouraging weight loss and healthier eating. Despite not understanding […]

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