Four Reasons Why You (Yes, You!) Should Apply for a ThreeSixty Journalism Summer Camp


IT BECAME CRYSTAL CLEAR to me in high school what I wanted to study once I got into college. I thank my summer camp experiences for that.

I reserved that break from school to explore different careers at some of the hundreds of programs offered to Twin Cities teens each year. Specifically, broadcasting and Spanish camps struck a chord with me. They amplified my love for each area of study and prompted me to major in broadcast journalism and Spanish when I went on to attend the University of St. Thomas.

Working for ThreeSixty Journalism, I now have the honor of being part of a team that creates enriching summer programs that have lasting impacts on local students. With our 2016 summer camps, we plan once again to inspire a whole new group of young writers and communicators to tell their stories and the stories of their communities with passion and pride.

Here are four reasons why you should apply, right now, for one of ThreeSixty’s summer camps.


It’s not every day that teens are getting published in a magazine that is delivered to 10,000 of their peers across the state of Minnesota, posted online on ThreeSixty Journalism’s website and shared via social media.

But that’s exactly the opportunity you’ll have during one of ThreeSixty’s summer camps.

A select group of students also will be chosen to have their stories printed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune, the two largest newspapers in Minnesota. Those two papers have a combined readership of more than 1 million people per week.


When you put a group of young people together who have a passion for storytelling, something magical happens. They forget about where each goes to school, they forget about their economic and social backgrounds, and they forget about the colors of their skin.

At ThreeSixty, we provide a safe place
 for teens to connect with others and feel comfortable to share their thoughts and opinions about what’s going on in their lives and their communities.

“ThreeSixty Journalism has given me the best of friends,” says one alumni.

In addition, students inevitably will have the chance to connect with really awesome professionals. The vast majority of our volunteers are experienced journalists, speakers and media experts who take time out of their busy schedules to support, guide and coach you.

Other volunteers, some of them Minnesota “celebrities” and newsmakers, make time for students to interview them. Last summer, ThreeSixty intern Lujain Al-Khawi sat down with Minnesota Twins player Byron Buxton in the Target Field dugout for nearly 30 minutes to interview him for a story. Wow!


Each year, one ThreeSixty student receives
 a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to study Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas. That’s worth almost $150,000 in tuition!

All students who complete at least one summer program are eligible to apply.

For ThreeSixty scholars, the ThreeSixty connection continues throughout their time at St. Thomas. We encourage our alumni to swing by our offices to catch up, learn about ways to give back and check in about new internship and job openings.

We also provide opportunities for students to network with others from the impressively large ThreeSixty alumni association, many of whom are now media professionals. ThreeSixty stays connected with program alumni personally, academically and socially throughout college, and into their professional lives.


All ThreeSixty students have the capacity to attend college. Some face bigger challenges than others to get there. At ThreeSixty, we break down the barriers by making sure students gain the skills necessary to succeed in college and in their careers.

That’s because our programs teach more than writing. We emphasize learning the ability to be aware of your strengths and limitations, as well as showcasing your uniqueness. We help students understand goals and give them strategies to achieve them. We encourage students to see things from different points of view. We give them opportunities to establish and maintain positive relationships with professional adults. And we provide numerous examples of the importance of responsible decision-making, which has the potential to affect all of us.

How do we know our students are college- and career-ready by the time they graduate from high school? Ninety-five percent of last year’s high school seniors are now enrolled in college.