Safety

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.

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.

Radio Rookies from WNYC capture aftermath of 9/11 for teens

To mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Radio Rookies, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning youth journalism program, presents “Our 9/11: Growing Up in The Aftermath,” an hour special hosted by NPR’s Brooke Gladstone.

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.

GLBTQ Online High School logo

New online H.S. for GLBTQ students

In January 2010, a new online school opened in Minnesota for GLBTQ students.

Teen guys most likely to be shot in Minnesota

Gunning for trouble

When Joe, a 21-year-old high school student from Minneapolis, was shot last November, he was sure someone was trying to kill him. He knows who shot him and is sure it was gang-related, but he doesn’t want the police involved. Joe’s story reflects who’s most likely to get shot in Minnesota.

Illustration by Ruby Thompson of Avalon School

Cyberbullying is for cowards

Alfred Olson, 16, was visiting an online forum, “Forum Springs,” when an anonymous person told him: “Screw you, you suck.”

Your Turn

Essay contest reveals bullying is common

One surprise in ThreeSixty Journalism’s essay contest about bullying is how common it is, particularly among middle-school students. In most cases, the bullying is not via cyberspace but in the gym, the cafeteria, the school hallway.

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.

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