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In Resisting Peer Pressure for Teens, young writers show that it’s possible to stand up to the pressure they may feel from friends and some family members to be "cool."
Inspire teen and preteen readers to take responsibility for and make wiser decisions about their lives with the essays in this book—each written by a teenager. Within these pages, Jamel A. Salter, Fan Yi Mok, and Charlene George, and many others, describe how and why they chose to keep it real and fight back against the pressure they felt from friends to use drugs and alcohol; have sex too early; lie, cheat, and steal; and skip or act out in school.
- My Secret Love
- Losing My Friends to Weed
- Why Do So Many Teens Cheat?
- Can't Afford to Follow
- Hiding My Talent No More
- Why I Speak My Mind
- Sex Doesn't Make You a Man
- My So-Called Friends
- Making Me Dance
- Peer Pressure Ended Our Relationship
- I Want to Be Pretty and Popular
- The Trouble with Being a Virgin
- Thinking for Myself
- and more!
About the Author
YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people's lives. They are headquartered in New York, New York.
Al Desetta has been an editor of Youth Communication’s two teen magazines, Foster Care Youth United (now known as Represent) and New Youth Connections. He was also an instructor in Youth Communication’s juvenile prison writing program. In 1991, he became the organization’s first director of teacher development, working with high school teachers to help them produce better writers and student publications. Prior to working at Youth Communication, Desetta directed environmental education projects in New York City public high schools and worked as a reporter.