Sexuality

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When it comes to growing up, what happens in Miami should stay in Miami

A move to Minnesota meant ThreeSixty writer Simone Cazares could grow up at a slower pace. That’s a good thing.

Bridging the age gap: Older guy + younger girl = trouble, right?

Having a partner who is much older or younger has become somewhat trendy among young adults. But are there greater risks to consider with a large age gap between partners?

Prostitution unmasked: Campaign reveals the pain of teen victims

Organizations led by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota are rallying for change and working to end the sexual exploitation of teen girls.

Isaura Greene

7th grader stands up for what she believes in

One day in seventh grade, my friend Sydney stood up for what she believed in. She went up to the philosophy and social studies teachers for the lower-classmen in my school, Great River School, and asked if there was a GSA, which stands for Gay-Straight Alliance.

Alex Brownrigg, 16, chooses not to have sex because her father would disapprove.

I'm not ready

Minnesota teens have many reasons they give for why they wait to have sex.

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New online H.S. for GLBTQ students

In January 2010, a new online school opened in Minnesota for GLBTQ students.

Dr. Michele Van Vranken, a physician at TAMS

Keeping it confidential: Many teens lack access to contraceptive services and mental health care

Kristin Makin, 25, wanted to get medical care without her parents finding out when she was a sexually active minor. She needed access to birth control in a confidential and teen-friendly setting.

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Salud spoken here: Lake Street clinic serves Latino teens and parents

After Sarai Hernandez-Ramirez had her son Brian two years ago, her mother expected her to quit school and stay home to care for him. But staff who run the Aqui para Ti program at Hennepin East Lake Clinic want Sarai back in school.

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Stealth attack: Minnesota’s most common STI often has no symptoms

Curing chlamydia takes just one dose of an antibiotic, but it’s hard to cure Minnesota’s most common sexually transmitted infection when more than three of four victims don’t know they have it.

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Mixed message: Minnesota teens smoke and drink less, but are fatter and more likely to be hurt by guns

The concept of health goes a lot deeper than how many fruits and vegetables a person eats each day.

Teen health stories - June journalism camp

ThreeSixty's Intermediate Journalism Camp investigates teen health

In June 2010, 13 teens from all corners of the Twin Cities arrived at the University of St. Thomas and spent two weeks living, learning and doing great journalism.

Seven students produced articles while six others produced videos. All their work addresses the topic of teens and health.

Teen pregnancy on rise after 15 years of decline

A baby means love.

Dora Rosales, 19, grew up thinking her mother never liked her, much less loved her. Her father died from AIDS and having no where else to go, she turned to the only source of love coming her way – her boyfriend.

October Your Turn winners

The winner of the $100 prize for Your Turn’s October contest is Luis Romero, 16, Humboldt Senior High. Congrats, Luis! The $25 runner-up prizes go to two anonymous writers, and Rachel Mosca, 15, Humboldt and Sparkle Jones, 17, Humboldt.

Teen sex

By Luis Romero

I’m walking to my classroom and I see a boy and a girl holding hands. I walk into the classroom and see notes being passed around decorated with hearts and “ILYs”. I’m at the cafeteria and I hear a group of girls talking about how they are on the pill. I continue walking and overhear a group of boys talking about how they have condoms. At the end of the day I’m walking to my bus stop and see people selling weed, smoking, and making out.

Learning, having good grades, and doing all your work isn’t as half as important as being in a relationship and getting “laid.”

Teens at Central talk about their clinic

Central Senior High School in Saint Paul has had a sexual reproductive clinic, Health Start, since 1976, said Tonja Schuster, a medical assistant at the clinic. Last year, out of a student body of 2,100 teens, about 1,000 of them visited the clinic, she said. Students at Central share their thoughts on how the clinic at their school affects the student body and the controversy in general about housing clinics in public schools.

Clinic needed to protect students

For the first time in recorded history at Hopkins High School, more than of the twelfth grade students reported being sexually active, according to the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey.

Clinic would be message of low expectations for teens

Allowing a teen clinic to operate inside a school only promotes sex to teenagers, and it becomes almost expected that women in school will be sexually active. Allowing a teen clinic to operate inside a school only promotes sex to teenagers, and it becomes almost expected that women in school will be sexually active.

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.

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I’ll Always Be Hmong

Ian Yue and Mai Cha Vang do a story about a young Hmong man from St. Paul who’s been keeping a secret from his family for fear of angering his parents: He’s gay. He’s not the only one in the Twin Cities’ Hmong community who is struggling with his/her sexual orientation and how to be honest about it and deal with the consequences

Choosing to Wait

Isiah Dennis has pledged to delay having sex until he is married. Isiah explains his decision.

I’ll Always Be Hmong

Ian Yue and Mai Cha Vang do a story about a {{young Hmong man from St. Paul}} who’s been keeping a secret from his family for fear of angering his parents: He’s gay. He’s not the only one in the Twin Cities’ Hmong community who is struggling with his/her sexual orientation and how to be honest about it and deal with the consequences

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