Providence, RI – The sterile textbook definition of adolescence is the life-cycle period between childhood and adulthood, beginning at puberty. Identity formation is one of the principal tasks. For some, this stage of self-discovery is relatively smooth and linear. But for others, including 17-year-old Chance Shemin, the path is much more circuitous.

Chance Shemin lives in Providence. Chance reports that he was born in Uzbekistan, in Central Asia, and was adopted at 16 months of age. He is a student at School One in Providence.

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