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Shining stars: Stargirl Initiative aims to help young girls feel empowered

A humble endeavor by one South Minneapolis mother from Ghana aims to help young girls feel better about their self-image and self worth.

The race issue: Twin Cities teens open up about daily indignities, personal challenges

They’re not black enough. They speak “Mexican.” They must be overachievers if they’re Chinese … good with computers if they’re Indian … hiding something if they wear a turban. Twin Cities teens have heard it all—and frankly, they’re a bit tired of the pervasive labels.

Mixed results: The challenges of being multiracial go well beyond a checkmark

For young multiracials, identity is a lifelong conversation. Since the data can often be messy, perhaps it’s more important for mixed race people to think about themselves individually rather than categorically.

Style in the bargain aisle: Thrift shopping gives teens options

Big brands still hold sway among mall dwellers, but with an increasing eye on variety and affordability, thrift shopping is making a fashionable dent.

Think before you ink: Tattoos might be everywhere—but Minnesota requires teens to wait

From Justin Bieber to LeBron James, tattoos seem to be everywhere in popular culture. But Minnesota law requires teens to wait. So, what’s the right age to get one?

Telling stories: Northside Women's Space opens its doors to victims of prostitution

What is empathy? In the case of Northside Women’s Space at Kwanzaa Community Church in Minneapolis, it’s about opening doors to victims of prostitution—and getting the public to understand their plight.

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The game within the game: Media scrutiny, scholarships can muddy prep sports mission

As high school athletes are becoming an increasingly popular media species, are prep sports still played the way they should be played?

Language barrier: 'R-word' campaign hopes to change hearts and minds

Sticks and stones, right? Not so much with the “R-word,” which has speared an education initiative to help promote inclusivity for the developmentally disabled.

Personal pride: Teens, same-sex parents reflect on historic fight for marriage equality

It didn’t matter that some couldn’t even vote yet. Young voices helped shape this year’s historic political battle to pass same sex marriage legislation in Minnesota.

Secret's out: Q&A with Richard Carlbom of Freedom to Marry

When Richard Carlbom gets married this month, it’ll be the culmination of everything he’s worked for in Minnesota.

No rest for the bleary: Underestimating sleep could lead to dangerous health effects

With sports and speech team piled on top of rigorous Advanced Placement and Honors classes, Rachel Schmidt’s crazy schedule doesn’t allow much room for sleep.

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College crisis? Experts remind teens to enjoy the process

It should be one of the best times in your life. Yet the agony of applying to college—and, of course, waiting to get in—can be difficult to navigate without help.

Digital divide: External resources needed to help teens with technology needs

For those who live in poverty or near it, digital education can take a backseat to more pressing economic concerns.

iPad infusion: Cretin-Derham Hall joins exciting classroom technology wave

When the iPad presented itself as a new classroom learning tool, Cretin-Derham Hall began exploring the steps to make it happen.

Getting technical: Teens sharpen skills at Genesys Works' summer training program

While some teens spent summer sleeping in or tanning at the lake, 200 students got ready for the real world thanks to Genesys Works.

Wallin Education Partners, Page Education Foundation help teens with college costs

Senior year usually means the hunt for college scholarships. For low-income and minority students, those resources might not seem so readily attainable or available.

Looking for scholarship resources? Check out these helpful links

Here are some helpful websites that can get you on the fast track to finding financial aid for college.

Through his scholarship foundation, Alan Page helps to create new heroes

When a former Minnesota Vikings star says he’s in the business of “creating heroes,” the mind easily wanders to strength training, drill running and other avenues of physical betterment.

Wallin Education Partners provides big boost to low-income students

In college, you’re on your own. Navigating the way is hard for anyone, but can be especially difficult for first-generation students.

Technology 'time suck': Putting down devices is hard, but some are trying to find balance

Ever try to talk to a friend or family member, but they’re too busy with their nose in a text of Tweet? Yep, join the club.

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