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Becoming Independent

ReachOut Stories are written by young people for young people. If you want to share your own story, we encourage you to do so in the ReachOut Forums.

Regaining freedom

This story discusses leaving gang life and the importance of having positive people around you.

Back to school

A story about going back to school after dropping out.

Teaching in Korea

Here is the story of a young person overcoming difficult circumstances in their small town to find a positive place in the world.

Who says?

Here’s Madison’s story about keeping her dream alive.


A 19 year old's story about becoming self confident and developing independence.

Growing up in a Latino family

Wilfredo shares what it was like growing up in a Latino family.


Wilfredo shares how he searches for positive people in his life.

Entering foster care

Wilfredo talks about how difficult it was for him to decide to enter the foster care system.

Getting through it

In this film, college students reflect on what it was like to be a college freshman.

Starting over

This story tells about the struggle of starting over after gang life.

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