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.

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Amolak Singh, Nova Classical Academy

Don't hate the turban, hate the violence

When Amolak was 8-years-old, he did something nice: He opened the door for an older white woman walking out of Café Latte. In return, she told him to go back to his country, which confused him because his country was America. Years later, Amolak thinks her ignorance is more than just hateful, it’s dangerous.

Mohamed Samatar, 19, of Minneapolis

Changing the picture

Mohamed Samatar, 19, travelled to Somalia for the first time in 2010. The Minneapolis teenager expected to be in the desert for a month without electricty. What he experienced in Somalia shocked him — because he realized his idea of Somali and the reality there were very different. And so began his mission.

Big Lake High School junior Stephanie Abfalter recites a poem

National poetry contest fills arts void at small schools with tight budgets

When Laura Meyer, an English teacher at Big Lake High School, heard about the national Poetry Out Loud competition, she jumped on the opportunity to offer students an artistic activity. Budget cuts had ended extracurricular activities like speech, debate, and theater at her school northwest of the Twin Cities.

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.

YourTurn winners

Should you friend your parents on Facebook?

We wanted Minnesota teens to give us more insight into their experiences with parents and adults on Facebook. So we asked: do you think that teens should friend their parents on Facebook? Have you ever “unfriended” an adult on Facebook? Here are the winners!

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Annie Baldwin

In the South, you know where you stand

There was a lot of that going on because the Woolworth’s would not allow us to eat at the lunch counter — they had a separate lunch counter for us. The fellows were the ones who integrated the lunch counter. The females did not participate in the sit-ins at the lunch counter. We supported them, maybe doing papers or taking notes and making sure they didn’t get behind in the classes.

Matthew Little

Looking back at 90: A complete change in America

In the South, where I was born and educated, it was an established mores that African Americans, and to an extent, other minorities too, were basically inferior human beings.

Betty Ellison-Harpole

Growing up in the Jim Crow South: Prepared for racism

I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, the seventh of eight children. I went to a segregated kindergarten, grade school, and high school. I had all African American teachers. They were very good. We lived in an African American neighborhood, where the people were very supportive of each other. At home they would tell us what we could expect out in the world and how we might be treated.

Vang and her siblings slept on bunk beds at the shelter.

Being homeless is scary, but it made me stronger

Long before we moved into Mary’s Place, a shelter in Minneapolis, in January 2011, my family and I knew that we were going to lose our house in St. Paul.

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.

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.

Many adopted teens struggle to feel like they belong

My Real Family

Many adopted teens struggle to feel like they belong.

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Emma Carew Grovum was adopted from Korea as an infant.

Coming Home a Stranger

Growing up as a Korean adoptee in a predominantly white suburb of Minneapolis, Emma Carew always felt out of place. A high school graduation trip to Korea connected her to the family and culture of her birth. Now as an adult, she’s found knowing her adopted family adds a complicated layer to her life.

Emma Carew Grovum was adopted from Korea as an infant.

Life after meeting my biological family

After graduating high School, Emma Carew Grovum visited her Korean birth family in a series of hard, emotionally draining visits.

Ryan Liestman plays piano in South America

Jonas Bros’ piano player shares secrets of his success

Many teens have a desire to be a rock-star: The fame, the screaming fans, and the tight leather pants are just some of the pluses that come with the rock-star dream.

Normandale Community College

My senior year as a college freshman

My junior year, I faced a dilemma: stay at New Prague High School for my senior year, or go on to college.

Dining Solo: Recipes for the time-strapped teen

Dining Solo: Recipes for the time-strapped teen

It’s actually pretty easy to take some time and learn to cook rather than subsist on Ramen noodles and Hot Pockets.

Restaurant review: Citizen Café

Once the sun sets, the candles come out at Citizen Café in South Minneapolis. The lights dim, creating a very romantic setting; it would be perfect for couples on Valentine’s Day.

New memorial fills void by honoring children lost before birth

When Anne Judine Knudsen, 56, saw the engraved names of her two babies lost through miscarriage on the “Unborn Memorial” wall in Delano, Minn., she cried.

Kaia Findlay, 15, St. Paul Academy

Cambodians migrate from city to suburbs

There is an apartment on Portland Avenue in Minneapolis that used to house mostly Cambodian families during the 1990s. It was so well known, Cambodians just called it “the Portland Apartment.” But most Cambodians have left the building and the city.

Isaura Greene

Life with Synesthesia

Synesthesia is a condition that causes you to experience one sense at the same time as another. In reporter Isaura Greene’s case, numbers have colors — 15 is a beautiful green-blue.

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