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Waiting for the World to Come Back

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I came to the U.S. from Guinea in West Africa when I was 17, just last year, to escape abuse by the uncle I lived with. I journeyed by plane to Ecuador, then on buses through Central America and Mexico. I was taken from an ICE detention center near the border to a shelter in […]

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The City Canceled the Summer Youth Employment Program

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In January, I received my first college acceptance letter from the New York Institute of Technology. When I turned the envelope over, there was designed lettering that read “Good News Inside.” My heart jumped. I opened the envelope carefully and inside was a decorated card with the giant colorful words, “YOU’RE IN!” and the acceptance […]

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Coronavirus Wrecked My Transition From Foster Care

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I first heard people talk about coronavirus at my school during the first week of March. I go to a vocational school called Co-op Tech, and I am studying to be a graphic designer. Classmates and teachers talked about the virus, but I was honestly too busy to worry about the few cases that were […]

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Teen Advocates Fight to Save Summer Jobs

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In early April, due to the uncertainty over how COVID-19 will continue to affect social distancing guidelines, worksite availability, and other circumstances, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled the Summer Youth Employment Program. SYEP provides 75,000 young people—mostly low-income students of color—paid jobs and internships. In an effort to save the program, students at […]

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