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VIDEO: At-risk youth now on track to become lawyer

Richard Terrell, 21, was the kind of junior high student that was more interested in fighting than studying. But with the support of his grandparents, who fostered him and his siblings, and other strong support, Terrell didn’t fall prey to the troubles that claim so many at-risk youth. Today, he works multiple jobs, including an internship at a prestigious law firm in downtown Minneapolis, and dreams of one day becoming a judge.

Your Turn -- Teens advise the new president on what youth need

September’s Your Turn writing contest asked teens to give their opinion on what the next president could do for American youth. Here is a collection of the advice they have for President Barack Obama.

Thousands march to protest Republican policies

A strange sight confronted protesters who gathered on the Capitol lawn the first day of the Republican National Convention: a polar bear.

Minneapolis resident Mina Leierwood painted her body white, her nose and lips black, donned a white polar bear cap, a white tutu, and roller blades to protest Republican vice presidential nominee and current governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin during the protests on the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

Police meet protests with firm hand

To describe the amount of security outside the first day of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in one word, that word would be: stunning. As thousands of protesters filed down from the capital, hundreds of police officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder to direct them through the route through downtown St. Paul.

Youth violence: A chorus of voices












This summer, 10 teens interviewed city officials, police, victims, activists and others on the sources and solutions to violence among youth. Read their stories here.

Driving laws get tougher for teens

As of Aug. 1, some new driving laws went into effect that teens should know about.

Avoid the cell:

*Texting or using the Internet while driving is illegal for all drivers, not just teens, and violating this law could cost you up to $300 in fines.

*Talking on the phone while driving, whether it be “hands-free” or not, is illegal for drivers younger than 18, unless it’s an emergency call to 911.

Local adults look beyond statistics

If you are 14, an African American male, and starting high school in the fall in Minneapolis you only have a 1 in 4 for chance of graduating high school.

If you are an African American young man in Hennepin County, you are twice as likely to die as young white men ages 18 to 30 and 27 times more likely to go to jail.

According to studies done in three other states, nearly one in four juveniles released from criminal justice institutions were re-incarcerated with in the next 12 months.

The impact of violence, a three-part series

Mary Johnson didn’t know the man she was going to visit. Three years earlier, he refused to meet her. But now that she had the chance, Johnson said she had to take it.

“We walked up through the parking ramp and about halfway up the ramp I got there and I just broke down,” Johnson said. “I said ‘God, I cannot do this, I’m just not ready.’ ”

Teens struggle to break the cycle of pregnancy and violence

Teen mom Joreena Horris turned to the streets for love because she wasn’t getting love at home. She joined a gang and eventually became pregnant.

“My mother didn’t really guide me … I looked for love and support on the streets,” said the 19-year-old from North Minneapolis. “I tried to fill my life with men, and then I wanted something to love and hold on to so I thought a baby was the best thing.”

Asked directly if she sees a connection between teen pregnancy and violence, the mother of three said no, but when she started talking about her past it became clear that violence had played a big part in her life.

Shiloh pounds pavement for safety

Just the other day Joanne Timberlake, a North Minneapolis resident, witnessed a drug deal in her yard. Racheal Babbitt, who works at a homeless shelter right across the street, was harassed by a man who seemed drunk. Tanden Brekke, who lives a few blocks away, said there have been two homicides close to his house within the last two years he has been living over in North Minneapolis.

All these events happened within a ten-block radius of Shiloh Temple International Ministries, a church located in the heart of North Minneapolis. It’s because of events like this that Shiloh has been given the large task of creating a safety zone around these blocks.

The goal of this project is not only to diminish the violence in the area, but also to establish and address the needs of the neighborhood. This is the first time Shiloh has done something like the Safe Zone project.

All these events happened within a ten-block radius of Shiloh Temple International Ministries, a church located in the heart of North Minneapolis. It’s because of events like this that Shiloh has been given the large task of creating a safety zone around these blocks.

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