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The NY Times Invisible Child: Dasani articles http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=1 are our focus on this episode of TTT.
Paul Allison @paulallison is joined by one of his colleagues from New Directions Secondary School http://ndssonline.org, Jake Jacobs @NYarteacher and by Virginia Vitzthum @myblinddate , Editor of Youth Communications' Represent magazine http://www.representmag.org/ The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.
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Notes from the Webcast:
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Our nonfiction stories and lessons motivate hard to reach teens to read, write, and succeed! www.youthcomm.org
Each issue of Represent includes a lesson guide for social workers, independent living coordinators, and other staff that shows how to use the stories with teens.
Homelessness (19 stories)
These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
Represent Essay Contest
Must be 21 or under to enter;One Simple Wish, a nonprofit that makes wishes come true for children impacted by foster care, has generously offered to supplement the cash prizes for Represent’s writing contest. On top of our prizes of , , and , One Simple Wish will also give the winners “wish certificates” worth for first place, for second place, and for third place.
Wishes may be things like gift cards, new shoes or clothing, tickets to an event or amusement park, sports equipment, or other fun extras. Winners can request their wish by e-mailing One Simple Wish at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Wishes will be filled within 30 days of the request. To learn more about One Simple Wish, go to onesimplewish.org.
Contest Question #119
Deadline: February 24, 2014
Imagine you are in charge of selecting foster parents for your state or agency. What are the three most important questions you would ask prospective foster parents? Then, for each of the three questions, write a paragraph giving the ideal answer. In other words, answer the questions the way a good foster parent should.
- You may only enter the essay contest if you live in a group home, juvenile detention center, or with a foster family; or if you used to be in foster care. (Represent is a magazine written by and for young people in foster care.)
- All essays must be true stories written by you. This is a non-fiction essay contest; fictional entries or plagiarized entries will be disqualified and you will not be allowed to enter our contest again.
- If you win, your story will be published on our website and in our print issue. Tell us if you want your story to be printed anonymously—but you should still type in your full name and complete address so we know where to mail your check if you win.