ThreeSixty reporter Grace Pastoor

At 18, teens “age out” of foster care with no family to help

When a teen in foster care turns 18, the government support they receive while a minor ends. They often have minimal or no family support as they become adults. This means they must leave their foster or group home and provide for themselves.

No Hassles Food shelf is just one of many places teens can turn to for help.

Places to find help for homeless teens

If you’re a homeless teen, or know someone who’s in need of help with anything from health care to school work to a hot meal, here are some places to find it

Support for paralyzed H.S. hockey player "Jabby" goes digital, global

Even Charlie Sheen was asked through Twitter to support injured Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player Jack Jablonski.

Many adopted teens struggle to feel like they belong

My Real Family

Many adopted teens struggle to feel like they belong.


Teens least likely to be adopted

Allen, 13, of Minneapolis, loves old rock and roll and his new family. But not all teens waiting to be adopted are so lucky. Of the 598 minors adopted in 2010, 88 percent of them were younger than age 12.

Ready Htoo's family fled Burma when he was only 4 years old.

Fleeing persecution, Karen teen at home in Minnesota

When Ready Htoo tried his first hot dog in America he loved it – until he found out what it was called.

Illustration by Ruby Thompson of Avalon School

Big changes come to schools due to lack of funds, test score gaps

Last spring, ThreeSixty’s spring News Team class tackled a huge project — investigating the changes starting this year in the Saint Paul Public School district due to loses of funding and persistent test score gaps between races.

Protestors renamed the government plaza the People's Plaza

Hundreds protest Wall Street, poor economy in downtown Minneapolis

Hundreds of people gathered this week in downtown Minneapolis to demonstrate against Wall Street and the economy in an ongoing and evolving protest.

Josh Luger, 17, gets ready to snap the ball to the Breck School’s quarterback.

Sports and concussions, is it worth the risk?

When Josh Luger, 17, of Minneapolis, snapped the ball back to the quarterback in an November 2009 varsity football game, the next few seconds changed his life.

Freaky facts about your brain

Your brain is about 2 percent of your total body weight but uses 20 percent of your body’s energy, so thinking does burn calories.

Maya Shelton-Davies, River Falls High School

Students worry about new plan

In past years, St. Paul students could apply to any high school in the district and get bus transportation to that school, if there was enough room.


Local teen with concussions helps create state law

Kayla Meyer was inspired to testify before the Minnesota Legislature last spring and helped get a law passed that requires youth sports coaches to bench players suspected of having a concussion until they are cleared to play again by a medical professional.

Kimberly Mao, Woodbury High School

Binge drinking does more damage than killing brain cells

Malcolm Peterson, a 21-year-old Century College student, binge drank once when he was 19 and doesn’t remember much from that night. He’s pieced together most of the night from what friends have told him, and he can only remember throwing up three out of five times. He passed out and awoke upstairs at his friend’s house where someone had carried him.

Paying attention to ADD: A challenge that’s hard to focus on

I’m not a girl who’s on top of things. I’m the girl who loses pens constantly, forgets about quizzes in math and is perpetually late.

It’s not that I don’t care, and I’m definitely not stupid.

Author Lorna Liu, Woodbury High School

Think all-nighters help on tests? Experts say no.

When a test is coming up, many students hit the books a day before. Cramming, they stay up until the crack of dawn.

But new research suggests all-night study sessions may not be the best choice when studying for a test, because of the relationship between memory and sleep

ThreeSixty Journalism Intermediate camp 2011

Earth warming? Read about businesses, individuals and schools finding ways to heal the planet.

Homepage illustration by Emy Young of Minnesota State University, Mankato

Is the climate changing? If so, is human behavior responsible? And if that’s the case, can changing our behavior help the planet?

Fifteen high school students from throughout the Twin Cities examined those questions during ThreeSixty Journalism’s residential camp on the environment from June 19 to July 1 at the University of St. Thomas.

2010 Minnesota Student Survey results show positive trends

Heading in the right direction

How do Minnesota teens feel about their teachers, friends and parents? Are they smoking or drinking less? How does that differ from teens in years past? According to a survey of 9th and 12th graders, the news is mostly good.

Online high schools gain in popularity

Computing to school

Online courses can offer students opportunities like practicing their Chinese with a native speaker through Skype. Check out three stories examining the increasing popularity of online learning. Reporter Jessica Langevin writes about what it’s like to go to school online full-time, and yes, she still has plenty of friends. And a new high school for GLBTQ youth opened January 2010.

Students and a teacher work in a geometry class.

Figuring it out together

At Lincoln International, immigrant teens share the work of mastering a new language.

Alex Brownrigg, 16, chooses not to have sex because her father would disapprove.

I'm not ready

Minnesota teens have many reasons they give for why they wait to have sex.

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