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Pine Street Inn This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
The stairway leading to the men's section doesn't smell, even though I'd expected it to stink of urine or sweat. Somehow the emptiness feels even worse, as though the staircase is shaking its head and saying in defeat, There are too many. When we... (more »)
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One Pet at a Time This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Tucked away behind numerous trucking companies in Hickory, North Carolina, is my home away from home, my happy place. When my faith in humanity needs to be restored, there really is nothing like coming to this animal shelter. Every year many... (more »)
Do it For the Kids This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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"Umm…"   Rafael bites on the tip of his pencil as he stares at the math problem in front of him – 11 x 7. In my head I'm screaming 77, but I don't say a word. I simply glance at him, smile lightly and ask, "You want some help?"  ... (more »)
Service Day At My School
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At times, it is easy to forget the things we recognize as important, however one should value history as something that adds to a broader understanding of the world. The devastating destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001... (more »)
Why Story Time Matters This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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If you grew up in a middle income or higher family, you probably remember bedtime stories. You remember the magical books filled with pictures, the squeaky voice your dad made for the mouse or the taunting voice your mom made for the older... (more »)
Helping Curvy Kids Like Me
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I was born with a straight spine, but one rainy day in 6th grade after bending upside-down for an eternity, the nurse screening for scoliosis handed me a paper for my parents. Pulsing with emotions, I quickly unfolded the note. With my heart... (more »)
Baby Rocker This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Boston, MA
Most people hate hospitals. They think of sickness, sadness, a place you don't want to be. To me, hospitals mean quite the opposite. I work at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as a NICU rocker. People usually don't know what I mean by that,... (more »)
Any Sandwich Will Help This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
“Can I get thirty six-inch sandwiches? All with turkey, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. And thirty water bottles as well?” The Subway employee squints in disbelief at me – a 16-year-old boy buying $90 worth of sandwiches. He gives me a... (more »)
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A Cause Like No Other This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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“One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.” When I first came across this fact, I couldn’t grasp the immensity of this sentence. I was aware of gender violence and violence against women, but I didn’t... (more »)
Lessons from Volunteering
“Errrrttttt! Errrkk!...” The calls of sea lions echo around me as I walk up the stairs. Even though the morning sun is already beating down on me, and the air smells of sea lion poop and fish, I can honestly say I’ve never happier or more at... (more »)
A Solemn Service
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Los Angeles; January 11, 2014. The doors of a bland tourist bus hissed open to let the cold 6:00 AM air in. Following a group of student volunteers, I stumbled along in a morning stupor. Our mission was simple: we were to help at an orphanage,... (more »)
Giving A Piece of Herself This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I was sitting at the island in my kitchen. My mom stood in front of me, barely keeping the tears from spilling over. Her blonde hair framed her flushed face, and her hands twisted uncomfortably as she told me that my three-year-old cousin had... (more »)
Lettering In Community Service Should Be Banned
By , Edina, MN
I love being able to help others, whether it's picking up trash around my neighborhood, or helping the old lady walk across the street while she tells me stories about how her grandson tries to teach her how to "text message on my... (more »)
Turn wasted food into worthy food This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I’m part of the Roots & Shoots programme, founded by Dr Jane Goodall, DBE. It’s all about making positive changes in the world. As Dr Goodall says, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want... (more »)
Fifteen Orphans This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
“In five years, at least 12 of the 15 children standing before you will most likely be dead.” As I watched the orphans playing on the solitary tire swing that functioned as their playground, the words the ­orphanage's director had spoken... (more »)
Making School Safe for LGBT Teens This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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I have worked to make schools safe for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth for the past three years. Initially, my own coming out experience as a lesbian teen motivated me to make schools more welcoming for gay teens. I still have... (more »)
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