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.

"Hard Rain" hits hard

On July 20, 1969 at 9:32 in the morning, people across America were looking at television footage of the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon. While that was going on, British photographer Mark Edwards was lost while on assignment in the Sahara Desert.

Edwards was very lucky to be rescued by a Tuareg nomad, who took him back to the nomad’s camp, brought out a cassette player from his hut and played a song by Bob Dylan — “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.” While listening to the Dylan song about the dangers of nuclear war, Edwards imagined connecting the lyrics and his own photographs of environmental damage to the earth. “I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest…,’’ Dylan sang. “Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten.”

Teen's life split into before and after the war in Bosnia

Rijada Sulijic is an American girl who loves to hang out with her friends and work at Cub Foods, but the 18-year-old high school student is also a Bosnian girl who survived an ethnic war in Bosnia in which thousands of people like her were killed.

Lessons Learned from Surviving Hardship

It trumped every other issue in the presidential campaign. It caused the government to funnel $700 billion into the stock market. It has your parents worried about their retirement savings. And it is causing people to lose their homes, jobs and peace of mind. Today’s economic crisis is already painful for some, and worrisome for all. ThreeSixty reporters profile three people who survived extreme hardship around the globe — the Great Depression in America, the Great Leap Forward in China and genocide in Bosnia — people who share their wisdom gained from hardship.

Lesson from China's Great Leap Forward: Don't blindly follow leaders

My grandpa Yue Zhou was a 27-year-old college instructor in communist China at the time of the Great Leap Forward, which took place from 1958 through 1963, and it was a time of extreme hardship for the people of China.

September Your Turn -- essay highlights

Several of September’s essays contained illuminating points about what teenagers care about right now. We liked them so much that we put together a list of their quotes.

I want Barack Obama to open the border for three reasons. First, most of the Latinos want jobs. Second they want a life that Mexico can’t give us. Third, Latinos are not criminals; we just want a better life for our kids such as education, jobs, and things like that. — Luis Pacheco, 14, Harding High School

What issue matters to you most in the presidential elecion?

The War in Iraq
The Economy

Fresh off the boat & trying to fit in

At Humboldt Junior High in St. Paul, many students find it hard to feel at home. For new immigrants with limited English skills, the challenge is bigger.

Immigrant or native-born: We are all equal

As a Somali immigrant at a predominantly white and black school, it hasn’t always been easy for me. I have always been criticized because of my clothing, accent, manners and values. I really mind the stereotypes that people have about immigrants.

Looking beyond the label

Stereotypes are everywhere. Blacks are loud. Asians are smart. White boys can’t jump.

In each case, the stereotype generalizes about all members of a group without regard for individual differences. Sociologist Buffy Smith views stereotyping as the seed that grows into prejudice. In this month’s ThreeSixty, she describes why we create stereotypes, the damage they cause and how to resist them.

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