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Writing Contest Winners Winter 2021-22

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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 Winter 2021-22, we had a range of responses from writers connecting to stories about comparing trauma, race, and activism. Congratulations to our winners and be sure to apply for our next contest for […]

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I Got the Vaccine to Protect My Mom and Help End the Pandemic

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My mother has COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s a terrible respiratory condition: She has trouble walking up steps and sometimes uses an oxygen tank. That made the pandemic extremely scary for my family and me. To protect my mom, I hardly ever went outside, and when I did, I wore two […]

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To Protect My Foster Dad, To Get Back in the Classroom, To See My Friends’ Faces Again: Why I Got the Vaccine

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Until the pandemic, I never realized how important it was to see faces. Having to wear masks leaves us in a weird spot where we can’t tell what people are feeling, which makes me feel disconnected. I also miss hanging out with friends without having to worry about our health. And I especially miss the […]

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Unplanned Parenthood

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Names have been changed. Daisy and I knew each other for about five years before we cuffed. We have a lot in common: We are both from Brooklyn. We both have a good sense of humor and like hip-hop, action movies, and comedy. We love ice skating and shopping for sneakers. Daisy is now a […]

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