Military raises standards, issues fewer waivers as recruitment goals take backseat

If you’ve been planning to join the United States military, you’d better cut out the extra calories and tattoo shop visits.

Anel Braziel worked as a teacher's assistant through  Minneapolis Step-Up.

Despite tough job market, Minneapolis program matches teens with opportunities

To most teenagers, being surrounded by 20 or more children would be something to avoid. To Anel Braziel, it’s an opportunity.

Students rally at a protest for immigrant rights.

A DREAM come true: Executive order allows young, illegal immigrants to stay in U.S.

Victor, 18, was only four years old when his parents brought him into the United States illegally. He was far too young to have made that choice, which is why he approves of the Obama Administration’s new executive action, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

A group of young voters discusses the Voter ID amendment.

Teens know little about Photo ID amendment

This fall, voters in Minnesota will decide on two amendments that would change the state’s constitution. Many people know about the marriage amendment, but of more than a dozen teens interviewed for this article, few knew about the photo ID amendment.

Photo of President Barack Obama on the left and candidate Mitt Romney on right.

Election 2012

This package includes articles about young voters and the issue that matter to them and profiles of young political activists who support Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Matt Smriga, director of campus organizing with the Minnesota State University S

Political parties and student groups urge youth to vote

In 2008, young voters helped make Barack Obama the president, but the high turnout of people aged 18-29 is not expected to be repeated this year.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie

Photo ID for voting: Protecting against fraud or discouraging the young from voting?

In this fall’s 2012 elections, not only do Minnesotan voters need to vote on political candidates. They need to cast a vote about voting.

One local Catholic family struggles with its beliefs about the marriage amendmen

Faith and justice: A Catholic family struggles with the marriage amendment

One local Catholic family struggles with its beliefs about the marriage amendment.

Lori Luchsinger and Karen Salmey

Gay marriage as a matter of fairness

For Lori Luchsinger and Karen Salmey, gaining the right to marry is simply a matter of fairness.

Aakib Khaled, 23, Edina, is a business analyst.

Young Minnesotans urge attention for international concerns

As the 2012 presidential race intensifies, the candidates are battling primarily over domestic concerns. But many Americans, especially younger ones, are anxious to hear more discussion of global issues.

Nik Johnson

Disappointed and anxious, young voters unlikely to show up in record numbers this fall

Frustrated by a weak job market and high college costs, many young voters are less excited about this year’s presidential election than they were in 2008.

Give me some credit

Once teens turn 18, they can vote, gamble and live on their own. But teens are not allowed to have credit cards without parental approval until they reach 21.

Some teens are ticked off that they still need mom and dad to give them access to credit. One is 17-year -old Jonah Rood of St. Louis Park.

No Hassles Food Shelf

Feeding Teens

In August, Brooklyn Mosaic United Methodist Church opened a food shelf just for homeless teenagers after area schools reported a large increase in homeless students.

February/March 2012 Magazine Issue

ThreeSixty Journalism's February/March 2012 Print Magazine

Thousands of Minnesota teens are homeless at some point each year. ThreeSixty reporters bring you stories about life as a homeless teen, and about the huge wave of support for a paralyzed hockey player, ways to make history for Black History Month, the complications that come with being adopted, living with blended senses, and much more.

Aching for home

In this package of stories, ThreeSixty reporters bring you stories about the more than 2,000 teens estimated to be homeless on any given night in Minnesota.

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.

No Hassles Food shelf is just one of many places teens can turn to for help.

Places to find help for homeless teens

If you’re a homeless teen, or know someone who’s in need of help with anything from health care to school work to a hot meal, here are some places to find it

Support for paralyzed H.S. hockey player "Jabby" goes digital, global

Even Charlie Sheen was asked through Twitter to support injured Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player Jack Jablonski.

Many adopted teens struggle to feel like they belong

My Real Family

Many adopted teens struggle to feel like they belong.


Teens least likely to be adopted

Allen, 13, of Minneapolis, loves old rock and roll and his new family. But not all teens waiting to be adopted are so lucky. Of the 598 minors adopted in 2010, 88 percent of them were younger than age 12.

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