ThreeSixty Magazine, October 2014

Ask any adult about the success they’ve achieved and they’re bound to cite the importance of mentorship when they were younger. Could be a parent. Could be a teacher. Could be a coach or volunteer. If they’re lucky, it was all of the above.

True, we all need advice and guidance in our lives, but perhaps no time is more important for personal and professional development than the teenage years. It’s why in choosing a theme for this year’s Intermediate Camp, ThreeSixty Journalism chose to highlight local organizations who are doing amazing, important work with young people.

The “next generation” portion of our fall issue was produced by 12 area high school students who participated in ThreeSixty’s residential camp from June 15 to 27. Added with several personal essays from our July Intro to Journalism Camp — which featured another 15 eager students from the Twin Cities — and outstanding contributions from senior reporters-turned-ThreeSixty interns Madie Ley and Thomas Wrede (both first-year communications and journalism majors at St. Thomas), well, it’s easy to see how a productive summer can make for one of the best ThreeSixty issues yet.

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Letter from the editor: Passing the torch

During our July Intro to Journalism Camp, one of my newbie reporters rightfully appeared petrified as we were about to conduct our first “person on the street” interviews at St. Thomas.

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Camp recap 2014: So, how did you spend your summer?

Twenty-seven high school students from the Twin Cities joined ThreeSixty for two journalism-packed summer camps.

Crowning achievement: Leading by example means embracing your true identity

As a young black woman, the crown on Amira Warren’s head symbolizes more than a summer spent on parade floats.

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Flying solo: Laura Sobiech reflects on her new memoir, life without son Zach

Laura Sobiech’s book isn’t just a story about her son’s battle with terminal cancer. It’s about the value of life, and living each day like it’s the last.

Getting ahead globally: Immersion schools put students on the bilingual fast track

Society is one large melting pot — causing some advocates and students to say that immersion education is the way of the future. So what exactly does it entail?

@16: Minneapolis musician/author Dessa showcases her creativity on multiple fronts

She’s a local star with many titles — musician, rapper, author, poet, public speaker — but Minnesotans recognize her by just one name.

Brotherhood Inc: Between troubled pasts and brighter future, a little coffee

Located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Brotherhood Inc. gives African American men a chance to change the direction of their lives. And there’s always something brewing — namely, coffee.

BrandLab: Opening up the marketing industry to fresh views

Wa Yang showed zero interest in anything related to school. The 16-year-old from Harding High School often skipped class, drawing the attention of truancy officers. Then came BrandLab.

Cookie Cart: Program puts the cart before the career

Unless you’ve attempted to crack three eggs without dropping a piece of eggshell, you may not see baking as inherently strategic. But it requires precise steps to reach a goal.

Family Tree Clinic: Talking about sex? They're making it easier

Sex is an awkward subject. True, the dreaded “talk” is something neither a parent nor child wants to deal with. But it’s a whole lot easier to discuss with a friend.

Urban Boatbuilders: Rockin' the boat to discover new skills

The smell of sawdust lingers in the air of a room with the skeleton of a canoe lying in the middle. Hidden in the Midway area of St. Paul, in a storefront converted into a workshop, large pieces of wood hang from the ceiling on chains.

Breakthrough Twin Cities: For those who commit, a leg up toward college

Decorated lockers and floors, sparkling with glitter, greet visitors to Breakthrough Twin Cities. Newcomers instantly feel welcome.

Keystone Youth Services: A first job that's more than taking orders

Want to run your own business someday? Youth Express makes it possible by operating on two social enterprises: Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing.

Project Sweetie Pie: Community support learned at grass roots

Through Project Sweetie Pie, Michael Chaney and his volunteers hope to create a gathering space for their neighborhood while giving kids the opportunity to work on a life skills project.

Bolder Options: Former Gopher gets kids moving toward better health

Darrell Thompson has few doubts that he’s running one of the best youth mentoring programs in the United States. Now, he wants to make it better.

Penumbra Theatre: Making an artistic statement with style

By teaching kids to speak out, and moving those who listen, Summer Institute at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul shapes teens to be fearless and strong. In essence, they are creating the next generation of performance activists.

Genesys Works: Discovering the crucial first steps on a career path

Technology is at the center of Genesys Works, a program that serves Twin Cities high school students—primarily from minority backgrounds and families with a history of financial troubles—who need an extra push to succeed in the job market.

TreeHouse Youth: Providing a safe place to go for teenagers

TreeHouse, a faith-based nonprofit program that encourages teens to confide in adults and other teenagers, began with a simple observation. Teenagers suffer from too much low self-esteem.

Being Muslim doesn’t have to mean less authenticity as an American teen

What does it mean to grow up with two cultures, two religions and two separate worlds?

Getting older means making religious choices for yourself

Without her Islamic school, Saynab Gelle wouldn’t have an identity or know how to set a proper standard in the future.

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Long way from Togo: Adjustments to America prove difficult for young student

The struggle to make friends and learn English is often a hidden battle for well-meaning international students.

Discipline and hard work pay off, one karate kick at a time

Military style push-ups and no junk food? The road to redemption didn’t come easy as Zekriah Chaudhry learned what hard work and dedication to craft truly means.

Being a Minnesota sports fan means losing games but gaining perspective

My heart was broken on January 24, 2010.

The view from above: Flying requires dedication, patience

The inside of an airplane fascinated Chris Belbeck from an early age. Learning what it took to actually fly one of those planes may have been even more impressive.

Minnesota Twins executive Kate Townley mines the minors for future fortunes

Meet Kate Townley, senior manager of Minor League administration for the Twins — and one of only a few women in Major League Baseball to hold an operations position.

Rocked and rolled: Intensity, identity keep Minnesota RollerGirls going strong

In the world of roller derby, whether you’re a Garda Belt, Dagger Doll or Rockit, you’ve got instant celeb status in Minnesota. However, it takes more than a rough-and-tough personality to become a member of the alter ego elite.

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