Religion

What freedom are you most thankful for in America?

The freedom of press
12%
The freedom of speech
53%
The freedom of religion
24%
The freedom to vote
6%
The right to own a gun or weapon
6%
Protection from unreasonable searches of belongings
0%
My favorite freedom isn’t listed
0%
I don’t think I have much freedom
0%

A recent survey shows many teens pray less than other age groups. How often do you pray?

How teens count to America, read the winning essays

How do teens count to America? Read the essays published in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press

This spring, the government will attempt to count every single person living in the United States in the 2010 Census. ThreeSixty, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune asked teenagers how they count to America. Their essays were published in both papers, and online on April 1. Check them out!

How teens count to America

How teens count to America, read the winning essays published in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press

This spring, the government will attempt to count every single person living in the United States in the 2010 Census. ThreeSixty, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune asked teenagers how they count to America. On April 1, their essays were published in both papers, and online.

Stopping youth violence

For the month of July, ThreeSixty’s Beginning Journalism Workshop students examined the causes and effects of youth violence. Their articles, photos and interviews all dealt with youth and violence. Minneapolis’s Blueprint for Action outlines ways to prevent and reduce youth violence.

The reporters share wisdom from a woman who’s son was murdered, the triumph of a young man on track to be a lawyer after troubled teen years, made surprising discoveries about the connections between teen pregnancy and violent lifestyles, and much more.

History of Valentine's Day not so romantic

Antique valentines, photo by Leah Sorensen

The most likely reason why the history of Valentine’s Day isn’t well known is because it involves beheadings – not exactly romantic – and there are so many versions of how the holiday originated, and took on a romantic connotation, that no one can agree on the truth.

According to Alban Butler’s “Lives of the Saints,” Valentine, or Valentinus, was a priest who gave aid to Christians under the persecution of the Roman emperor, Claudius II. In the third century in Rome, Christianity was illegal. The Romans apprehended Valentine and tried to make him renounce his faith. When he refused, he was beheaded.

ThreeSixty fall library workshop opens doors into world of religious and immigrant teens

Every fall, ThreeSixty runs a six-week workshop at an area library to teach interested teens about journalism. This fall, an incredible group of mostly immigrant Muslim Somali and Ethiopian Minneapolis teens, as well as one Pentecostal American teen, worked hard on stories that deepen understanding of their experiences in the Twin Cities, as well as their communities here.

The reporters investigate topics like balancing religious beliefs with fitting in at school, the struggle immigrant women go through to free themselves from domestic abuse, worry about a brother who chew’s khat, a stimulant, a sister’s potentially lethal disease, Sub-Saharan African women finding new educational opportunities when many of them never enter high school in their home countries, and what it’s like to adjust to life in America as a high school freshman who doesn’t know a single word of English.

Gift of faith at Christmastime

Hypnotized by the idea of getting presents from a jolly old man who ate the red and green sugar cookies I decorated for him, the true Catholic spirit of the Advent and Christmas was lost on me as a child. My parents tried their best to involve me in the more traditional activities: lighting the candles on our Advent wreath, counting down the days until Christ’s birth with an Advent calendar, setting up the nativity scene at our Church. This proved futile. As a young child I could not grasp the significance of the Christmas season any better than I could grasp the meaning of what it meant to be a Catholic.

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