Vanessa Phillips, 17, got help finding her first job from a city program.

Demand increases for program that helps teens find jobs

When Vanessa Phillips, 17, was getting less and less hours at her job at Taco Bell, she started looking for a new one. She was surprised to find one within a month in this economy, and credits her success to a city funded program, STEP-UP, which helped her get her first job.

Madi Fink is a successful babysitter.

Build a babysitting business

Madi Fink pulls down about $240 a month but she doesn’t get yelled at by management or deal with angry customers. But sometimes she does have to clean up spills, just not in aisle 4.

Porschea Kensey, a 15-year-old mom, is struggling to find a job

Teen mom struggles to find work

For Porschea Kensey, a 15-year-old mom, a job means independence. If only she could find one.

Luke Anshur

Teen starts computer repair business when he can't find a job

“I searched up and down and it seemed like no one wanted to hire me for my skills. I didn’t know what to do,” Luke Anshur said.

Dropping out: "Not an option?" Then why do so many teens do it?

Dropping out: "Not an option?" Then why do so many teens do it?

In February 2009 and again that September, President Barack Obama issued a challenge to America’s teens: Everyone should graduate from high school and get at least a year of post-secondary training.

Teen job market

In a tough teen job market, teens struggle, but also overcome

The number of employed teens has been dropping since 2000 — from 45 out of 100 in 2000 to 26 out of 100 in 2009 — and the recession in 2007 hit teen workers hard.

A new group of ThreeSixty reporters looked at the overall situation of the job market, and how teens are faring. They found teens struggling to find work, but also teens who got creative, and found ways to use their talents to earn money.

The dos and don'ts of job interviewing

Don’t we all hate those awkward pauses and tricky questions during a job interview? Get tips on how to master the job interview.

Teen job market

Teen job market continues to shrink

For seven months, Kayla Fries, 17, was grateful to have a job working as a cashier at the local Snyders Drug Store, but after Walgreens bought the chain, she found herself one of many teens looking for a job.

Youth Squad volunteer Natalie Cherne interacts with visitors to the museum.

Teen volunteers at Children's Museum play and climb over barriers, physical and social

When a toddler started howling in front of Natalie Cherne, a Youth Squad leader at the Children’s Museum, she ran over to him and started making funny faces to cheer him up. It didn’t work.

Question at high school career fairs: Does journalism have a future?

If you haven’t been to a high school career fair lately, here’s what you’re missing: Two hours in a noisy gym with polite young people gripping hand-outs they must complete (“What are the advantages o


Your Turn first runner-up: Jayme Morrow, "Mustard up my nose"

I was in Northfield working at Defeat of Jesse James Days when I made a huge mess. I was refilling a mustard container and as I squeezed the bottle of mustard into the container, the cover blew off. Mustard covered everything, including a random man just walking by.

College isn't the only option for finding a good job

When Xaye Thao-Pha started changing oil as an intern for Alexander’s Imports in Minneapolis when he was 18, he was already pretty certain about his future career.

He was good with his hands and he liked working on cars. “I use my hands for everything,” he said. As a senior at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, he started excelling in his auto mechanics classes in his senior year.

H1N1 sends 4-H youth home from state fair

An outbreak of the H1N1 virus at the 4-H Complex of the Minnesota State Fair sent 120 youth home Sept. 3.

A large percentage of the youth sent home came from the Arts In group, a youth theater program through 4-H.

Meet a butter head

Elizabeth Olson, of Hutchinson, knows the name of every cow on her family’s dairy farm. That’s the kind of skill it takes to be named Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair.

“I can name all of them by name and who their parents are, and there are over 100 of them so it’s a lot,” said Olson, 19.

Stimulus money changes lives for area teens

While the overall impact of President Obama’s $850 billion economic stimulus package is still uncertain, for more than 400 teens in St. Paul and Minneapolis, the funding has meant jobs and training.

My first job: freedom and responsibility

Before I got my job, I really wanted some clothes but my mom couldn’t give me the money because she was out of a job and had to pay the bills; I was broke.


Teens struggle to find jobs

Like most teens, Cecelia Leatherman, 17, knew she needed a job to pay for school and other expenses. But it wasn’t easy finding one. “When I was looking for jobs a year ago, I applied to almost every place in this area and I still couldn’t get one,” Leatherman said.


Latino business, culture enhance Twin Cities

It’s hard to miss the green, white and red exterior of Don Panchos Bakery. The sweet aroma of freshly baked conchas greets you at the door of the shop on St. Paul’s west side.

In the back, Efrain Perez squeezes frosting into two-inch pink roses on a Tres Leches cake. He cuts bolillos and puts them in the oven. He chats with customers as he bags bread.

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News that fits a diverse audience

According to one directory, there are 94 new ethnic media in Minnesota and the Twin Cities: weekly newspapers, monthly magazines, cable newscasts, radio shows and regular newsletters.

The mainstream media are getting the idea. Paul Douglas and his newly created Weather Nation recently hired two bilingual meteorologists. The Star Tribune is seeking new readers and discovering untold stories in the growing ethnic communities.

Why the Achievement Gap? Need to work limits study time

I think one of the most important reasons for Minnesota’s big racial gap in graduation rates and test scores is the economic situation in many families. Like the majority of the Latino immigrant students I know, I have to work after school to help my family here and in Mexico. Consequently, I don’t have enough time to study or to do my homework in the evening.

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