Why teens give up on college

A teen gives up on college

A comic strip by Anna LaFavor sketches the moment a teen can lose hope of going to college.

Is college worth it?

In 2010, in the middle of the Great Recession, when many college grads were selling shoes or delivering pizza,
some people asked: Is college worth it?

Emily Samano

Paying for college – my parents helped

My parents agreed to pay for four years of my college. They did not want me to be in debt after college.

If you won one million dollars, what would do you with the money?

How much are you spending on presents for your significant other and friends this holiday season?

Max of $5 per person
Max of $15 per person
Max of $25 per person
Max of $50 per person
I have no limit
I'm not buying presents this year
Teens explore being a firefighter

Explore your future career, even firefighting

You can’t see. Your fireproof suit and protective gear feel heavier than ever on your back. All you can feel is the ground beneath you and your partner’s ankle that you’re holding. Forming a human chain with your three other partners, blinded by darkness, you proceed through a doorway and crawl to reach an unconscious victim.

Senior slide illustration by Ruby Thompson

Senior slide: Will it cost you?

The term “senior slide” sounds like a school dance move, but it’s not.

High school athletes fundraise as sports budgets continue to shrink

High school athletes fundraising more as sports budgets continue to shrink

Imagine high school without sports, yearbooks without athletes, Friday nights without the lights on at the football stadium.

Vanessa Phillips, 17, got help finding her first job from a city program.

Demand increases for program that helps teens find jobs

When Vanessa Phillips, 17, was getting less and less hours at her job at Taco Bell, she started looking for a new one. She was surprised to find one within a month in this economy, and credits her success to a city funded program, STEP-UP, which helped her get her first job.

Madi Fink is a successful babysitter.

Build a babysitting business

Madi Fink pulls down about $240 a month but she doesn’t get yelled at by management or deal with angry customers. But sometimes she does have to clean up spills, just not in aisle 4.

Porschea Kensey, a 15-year-old mom, is struggling to find a job

Teen mom struggles to find work

For Porschea Kensey, a 15-year-old mom, a job means independence. If only she could find one.

Luke Anshur

Teen starts computer repair business when he can't find a job

“I searched up and down and it seemed like no one wanted to hire me for my skills. I didn’t know what to do,” Luke Anshur said.

Teen job market

In a tough teen job market, teens struggle, but also overcome

The number of employed teens has been dropping since 2000 — from 45 out of 100 in 2000 to 26 out of 100 in 2009 — and the recession in 2007 hit teen workers hard.

A new group of ThreeSixty reporters looked at the overall situation of the job market, and how teens are faring. They found teens struggling to find work, but also teens who got creative, and found ways to use their talents to earn money.

The dos and don'ts of job interviewing

Don’t we all hate those awkward pauses and tricky questions during a job interview? Get tips on how to master the job interview.

Teen job market

Teen job market continues to shrink

For seven months, Kayla Fries, 17, was grateful to have a job working as a cashier at the local Snyders Drug Store, but after Walgreens bought the chain, she found herself one of many teens looking for a job.

Teens spend night in box on street to try and understand homeless youth

Teens think outside the box about homelessness by sleeping in one

At sundown on April 16, a chilly Friday night in Minneapolis, 13-year-old Qa’id Walter’s feelings on homelessness were rather lighthearted. “Homelessness doesn’t seem so bad,” he said. “It sounds kinda easy and ya know, maybe a little fun.”

Being 16 in Minnesota. See 100 years of change.

Guide to the 2010 Census

Every 10 years, the U.S. government mails a census form to every home in America and does its best to count every person.

Why bother? Why don’t some people want to be counted? And what do all those numbers tell us about our country and how it’s changing?

This month, as census forms arrive in the mail, ThreeSixty writers answer those questions and more. We invite you to explore the articles and graphics, then leave a comment and share this work with a friend. Your opinion counts – just like every person in America.

What does the census ask and why?

The 2010 census is the shortest in its 220 year history, said Minnesota State Demographer Tom Gillaspy. It only asks 10 questions this decade.

Census puts a lot at stake -- $4 trillion and a vote in Congress

The census, first required in 1790, is — as Minnesota State Demographer Tom Gillaspy says — “the very core of being American.” When we were fighting the Revolutionary War, we were fighting for representation, and that’s exactly what the census has set out to do – represent us by counting us.

The Republicans arrive

From the chaos of the street protests to the political maneuvering inside the Xcel Center, ThreeSixty’s reporters dove into the deep end of the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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