Politics

New law makes it harder for teens to get credit cards

If you are a teenager and are considering applying for a credit card, you should think fast, because it won’t be so easy thanks to a recent change in federal law.

Last ten years, teen perspective

In spirit of the decade coming to an end, journalists are buzzing about the most influential person of the decade

Collaboration produces great package on dropping out

Faced with a prolonged recession and resource constraints in every sector of the economy, partnerships for non-profit programs like ThreeSixty are more critical than ever.

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Students react to Obama's challenge for school: no excuses

Almost two months have passed since President Obama gave his speech to American students and Antonio Jenkins doesn’t remember anything about it. “I was in the theater of my school that day, but wasn’t putting to much attention to his words,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, 18, is an African-American student at El Colegio Charter School in Minneapolis and, although he admires Barack Obama, he didn’t care about the speech that challenged students to let nothing get in the way of doing well in school.

Teens, tests and talking back to the President

Today, ThreeSixty’s staff launches the “Inside the Circle” blog.

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Winners of September YourTurn contest

Congratulations to Vicky Coronado, Kelsey Johnson and Zoe Hoaglund, all of Faribault High School, for winning the September YourTurn contest! Their essays on President Barack Obama’s speech to students show what truly motivates teens today to do well in school.

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Obama: dropping out of high school no longer an option

President Barack Obama is challenging students this year to get serious about school not just for their own good, but for the good of the country. Dropping out of high school? It’s not an option, but also Obama said all Americans need at least one or two years of schooling or training after high school. ThreeSixty interviewed area teens and educators about their reactions to the president’s statement.

Discussion -- Obama's speech to students: There is no excuse for not trying

On Sept. 8, President Barack Obama challenged all students in America to “get serious” about their education. Obama said he’d already talked about government’s, and parents’ and teachers’ responsibilities to students, but that students need to take responsibility for their performance, too. He said no matter what, there is no excuse for not trying in school.

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Study abroad down, economy a suspect

If Renee Huset, a junior at the University of St. Thomas, hadn’t gone on a study abroad trip to South Africa, she wouldn’t have had a huge herd of zebras surround her on a safari.

“If that wasn’t cool enough, my friend Rachael told me to look to my left and I saw what looked like a scene from ‘The Lion King.’ Around a big watering hole were zebras, gazelles, wildebeests, and likely more animals I didn’t recognize running around carefree. It was amazing,” Huset said.

Stimulus money changes lives for area teens

While the overall impact of President Obama’s $850 billion economic stimulus package is still uncertain, for more than 400 teens in St. Paul and Minneapolis, the funding has meant jobs and training.

Complex laws confuse immigrant fishermen

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has done a lot to reach out to immigrants who like to fish and hunt. But some immigrants still find state rules and regulations confusing.

State officials have translated the rules and regulations into different languages, hired Hmong officers and stocked lakes with ample numbers of white bass, a popular catch among Hmong fishermen.

Even with significant efforts to educate immigrants, following state fishing rules and regulations can still be confusing.

Living in America, waiting years for it to be home

Even though Cynthia Espinoza had lived in Minnesota for eight years, she had to pay out-of-state tuition when she went to Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

That’s because Espinoza, now 32, a political refugee from Guatemala, wasn’t a permanent resident, and didn’t qualify for in-state tuition.

ThreeSixty alumna witnesses inauguration she never believed would happen

I am a life-long Democrat, but I was skeptical about Barack Obama in the beginning. When I worked for Rep. Betty McCollum, who represents St. Paul in the House of Representatives, I was the only Hillary Clinton supporter in the office. I wasn’t skeptical of Obama’s message or his ability to lead; I was worried whether or not people could look past his race and really vote for him like they said they would.

After the Democratic Convention, I became a believer, and I took a week off of work to campaign for him in a small town in North Carolina. What I saw there gave me hope that he could win: People with Confederate flags on their trucks wanting to volunteer for Obama’s campaign.

Anarchist Q & A

“I see our government becoming more like a fascist state everyday. As things get more out of hand as the economy crumbles and we run out of oil, the government will try to enforce stricter laws so they can stay in power and stay comfortable, and then there will be a violent revolution. There is very little you can do to prevent this, unless you are really powerful or rich, and those who are rich don’t care anyways because they are too comfortable. Like I said before, the only thing you can do is to be prepared to survive on your own and be ready to fight for what you believe in,” “Jenny” said.

RNC anarchist explains her actions, ideology

I have always been intrigued by anarchists. The idea that someone can perform such acts of rebellion with such passion is something worth commending, no matter what your views are.

With the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in September, I had the opportunity to talk to a few anarchist protesters as they blocked the Seventh Street exit ramp off of eastbound I-94. This group of twenty-somethings from out East was willing to put themselves in physical and legal danger for a cause.

After exchanging emails with “Jenny,” a 21-year old farmer/student/revolutionary living in New York who was one of those participating in the human blockade, I learned a little about what it means to be an anarchist and what drives these dissenters.

East African immigrant students support Obama 100 percent

Ubah Medical Academy, predominantly an East African immigrant school in Hopkins, Minn., was buzzing with joy and excitement over the previous nights elections Nov. 5. Not a single student at Ubah supported John McCain. Student were euphoric as they exchanged greetings and congrats. Every other sentence you heard in the hallways contained the phrase “We made history!”

Harding reacts with silent anticipation: What's next? students ask

Barack Obama is the new President, and the reaction at Harding High School in St. Paul is eerie silence. Hmong students make up a little of more than fifty percent of Harding’s student body. Normally the Hmong community votes for the Democratic party, but Hmong students at Harding supported both candidates.

Reactions to election evenly mixed at surburban Catholic school

It seemed that nearly half of the Catholic school students were upset their beloved McCain had lost: wearing red to support the support the Republican party, posting Facebook statuses questioning America’s future, and even threatening to move to Canada.But for every McCain supporter, there was an equally passionate Democrat at Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

Twin Cities teens react to the election

Not all the ballots have been counted yet, but already the leading nonpartisan group that tracks youth voting is saying the youth turnout for the 2008 election is on track to be the second highest in the history of the country. Although many of them could not vote in this election, high school students all over the Twin Cities paid close attention to the elections and their reactions to Obama’s election reverberated through their schools.

“I was very shocked and impressed because I did not think a black man could become a president. I initially thought that they would do something to cheat him, honestly I did not think America was ready for this,” said Aisha Medmud, a junior at Ubah Medical Academy.

“I think it’s amazing the U.S. can elect a president that they know nothing about,” said Darren Glover, a junior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, and self-described “very opinionated” Republican.

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Obama is new role model, new hope for African-American teens

The last day of the Democratic National Convention when Barack Obama spoke about the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is when I became emotionally engaged.

I was no longer happy to vote just because it was my first time voting. I was proud to vote because of the historic meaning this election represented. I became inspired while watching Obama deliver his great speech to cap off a great convention.

Change was the message Barack Obama used to motivate his voters. I hope change can help put an end to the race issue in America. The country
has come a long way — no doubt — but there still is more to be done. Sometimes my friends and I talk about times when we felt we were being stereotyped as thugs. I also hope Obama can help more young blacks get serious about politics.

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