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I Have You This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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“Hey, Josh, it’s okay. We’ll see each other next summer.” I pushed my friend’s wheelchair toward his van, trying to act like I wasn’t upset. He turned and stared at me, clutching Moosie, his stuffed moose.... (more »)
The Children’s Center This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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“Umm … “ Rafael bites 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 don’t say a word. I simply glance at him, smile, and ask, “You want some... (more »)
Take the Challenge?
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Teens everywhere are always stuck in their phones. Social media has taken over our generation. Kids these days are getting less sleep and less excersize due to our electronics. This month is the month of giving. Try giving to people around you... (more »)
Witnessing Miracles at Double H Ranch This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Imagine never being able to go horse riding at camp or doing arts & crafts with friends your own age because you are too sick to leave the hospital. At Double H Ranch, there is a feeling of love that is hard to find anywhere else in the world.... (more »)
PJ’s for Patients This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Cancer is among nature’s greatest equalizers, touching one in every two men and one in every three women during their lifetime. While the current state of cancer research is progressing at unprecedented levels, treatments are nevertheless... (more »)
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Spreading Holiday Joy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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When I was about nine years old, I discovered just how financially insecure my family was. It wasn’t that hard to figure out; some weeks our fridge was full of food, and others it was empty. I knew raising four kids as a single parent was... (more »)
Tennis, Anyone? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I remember that fall morning two years ago as if it were yesterday. When I woke up, I had an inexplicable feeling of ambition, as if I needed to do something that day. I had been playing tennis for three years and considered myself pretty good. So... (more »)
Living History This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Back in freshman year, I found myself wondering whether it should really be called “volunteering” if students only do it because they have to. I vividly remember the sighs and exasperation of my fellow National Honor Society members as we were... (more »)
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Scouting for Food This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Once a year, in November, the Boy Scouts hold the Scouting for Food drive. I've tended to use it as an excuse to run through town and hang out with my friends. We hang flyers on doors to advertise, then ride in the back of pickup trucks a week... (more »)
The Power of Brand New Sneakers
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Do you know that feeling you get when you open up a box with a brand new pair of sneakers? I know about 40 people who didn't, until I started this project.    Over the last two summers, I've put together sneaker drives... (more »)
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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 »)
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.
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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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