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Writing Contest Winners FALL 2022

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Four times a year, we ask our readers to write about the impact recent stories have had on teens around the country. In Fall 2022, we had a range of responses from writers connecting to stories about mental health, race, and speaking out. Congratulations to our winners and be sure to apply for our next contest […]

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Why I Love Hard Copy Books

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One Saturday last November, I stepped into the place I missed going to the most during quarantine—my local public library. The familiar shelves made me smile behind my mask. The building looked mostly the same as I remembered it from more than a year and a half ago.  As a child, the library was my […]

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There’s never just one way

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When I was in kindergarten, my mom read my favorite book to my class, How My Parents Learned to Eat. It’s the story of a Japanese woman and an American man who learned to use each other’s traditional utensils when they met: a fork and a knife for the Japanese woman and chopsticks for the […]

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Spotlighting stories in honor of Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, we are spotlighting three recent YCTeen stories that demonstrate Black history and shared cultural identity as a source of strength in the lives of young people. These stories chronicle experiences of anti-Black racism in schools and how these writers turned to Black historical figures, liberation movements, neighborhoods, and youth […]

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