Sweet rewards: A job scooping ice cream taught one time-strapped teen valuable lessons

Thinking about a part-time job this summer? Veteran Izzy’s scooper/shift manager Simeon Lancaster has some helpful advice.

Give me some credit

Once teens turn 18, they can vote, gamble and live on their own. But teens are not allowed to have credit cards without parental approval until they reach 21.

Some teens are ticked off that they still need mom and dad to give them access to credit. One is 17-year -old Jonah Rood of St. Louis Park.

Operation Job Search

“Knock, knock!”
“Who’s there?”
“Orange who?”
“Orange you going to get a job?”

With summer just two months away, the dilemma of getting a job is at my doorsteps.

No Hassles Food shelf is just one of many places teens can turn to for help.

Places to find help for homeless teens

If you’re a homeless teen, or know someone who’s in need of help with anything from health care to school work to a hot meal, here are some places to find it

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.

Help us paint a digital portrait of MN teens

Teens are more than possible risk factors and test scores. In an effort to create a well-rounded picture of Minnesota teens today – what they think about, hope for, and how they communicate – ThreeSixty Journalism and the Minnesota Historical Society are calling teens to fill out an online survey.

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.

Protestors renamed the government plaza the People's Plaza

Hundreds protest Wall Street, poor economy in downtown Minneapolis

Hundreds of people gathered this week in downtown Minneapolis to demonstrate against Wall Street and the economy in an ongoing and evolving protest.

Jessica Kue

Mistakes were made, but Jessica returned to college

My senior year in high school was basically just a party. Honestly, I skipped a lot, thinking it wouldn’t affect my college future. I would give anything to start over.

College's biggest challenge can be paying the bills

Congrats on getting in to college! Now send money

“Study hard. Go to college,” is the mantra of many parents to their children. Although some teens worry about getting in, many don’t realize that the biggest challenge of college isn’t always admission or academics, but simply being able to pay for it.

Decrease cost of college by earning post-secondary credits in high school

Four programs available in many Minnesota high schools can help you earn college credits before you even know what college you’re going to. The challenge is figuring out what the programs are and which one is best for you.

Working at college can help pay for school

If you are a student looking for ways to fund your college education without taking out loans, a good financial aid option to consider is work-study.

Lisa Fan

Where to find scholarships for college

Lisa used four popular websites that other teens had recommended: Fastweb, Cappex, Collegeboard and

Maya Parker artwork

How to get as many scholarships for college as possible

With college tuition rising each year, high school students everywhere are looking for ways to pay for college without building a huge pile of debt.

College grants are free money

Like scholarships, grants are “free money” because you don’t have to pay them back.

Break down of a financial aid award letter

Probably the most important letter your college will send you to will be the financial aid award letter.

Tips for managing your student loans

Here are some great tips for handling student loans before and during college.

Maya Parker artwork

Borrowing money for school? Know what it costs you

For every person who dreams of going to college, there is the reality check of how much it’s going to cost.

Dymanh Chhoun

Not an academic superstar? College still an option

Dymanh Chhoun wasn’t an academic superstar in high school, and he also didn’t borrow a lot of money for college, but he’ll accomplish his dream this spring of graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Mariah Davis

Need money for college? Fill out the FAFSA.

Intimidated about filling out the form for college financial aid? Reporter Mariah Davis breaks it all down.

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