Heading in the right direction

Illustration by Meleck Davis of Triangle Park Creative

How do Minnesota teens feel about their teachers, friends and parents? Are they smoking or drinking less? How does that differ from teens in years past? According to a survey of 9th and 12th graders, the news is mostly good.

A team of ThreeSixty reporters dug through pages of survey results to find stories they thought would be interesting to Minnesota teens.

Simon Lancaster breaks down the major improvements the survey found, plus where teens could still improve.

Victoria Turcios examines the many and surprising reasons abstinent teens chose not to have sex.

David Gustafson doesn’t reflect one of the trends the survey found — he works about 20 hours a week. But fewer seniors are working more than 11 hours a week these days.

And a group of 9 young men from Minneapolis, Eden Prairie and St. Paul discuss why girls are more successful in school, and what can be done to help guys catch up.

Minnesota teens: Smarter and safer

Teens are buckling up more and smoking less, a statewide survey shows.

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.

David Gustafson helps a customer while working at Dairy Queen.

Too much work takes time away from school

On a recent work night, there weren’t enough people to close down the Dairy Queen store where I work, so I had to stay late and help out. But when you have two tests the next day and an hour of math homework on top of that, every minute counts.

Jesse Garcia speaks to a group of guys about why they lag behind girls at school

Where are the guys?

Check out the new video of the Q & A by IFP Minnesota teens.

Weak role models, more distractions and less pressure to excel are among the reasons guys say they fall behind girls in school.