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A friend indeed: YourTurn contest winners say peer pressure can be positive

Support from friends, family and music helped YourTurn winners do the right thing.

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Tales of a tiger cub

A new book by a Chinese-American mother about her “extreme” parenting — threatening to burn stuffed animals of a daughter who doesn’t want to practice piano and rejecting hand-made birthday cards because they weren’t good enough — caused a storm of controversy. Lisa Fan, daughter of first-generation Chinese immigrant parents with high expectations, reacts to “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”

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Essay contest reveals bullying is common

One surprise in ThreeSixty Journalism’s essay contest about bullying is how common it is, particularly among middle-school students. In most cases, the bullying is not via cyberspace but in the gym, the cafeteria, the school hallway.

Pa Houa Thao poses with her mother

Hmong daughter and mother struggle to understand each other's different cultures

My mom stayed home and learned that, as a Hmong daughter, you are to keep the house clean and practice cooking to become a wife. So my mom has no clue what an after-school club is, what you do there, and why I like be there.

Norma Jimenez

When a parent has cancer, it attacks the whole family

When Norma Jimenez’s mother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the second time, Norma realized that a life can end at any moment.

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Peer to peer: When teens have questions about sex, they often ask each other. One Minneapolis clinic trains teens to give the right answers.

On your mark. Get set. Ready? Go!

Two teens tear off the plastic wrappers containing the latex condoms. They quickly pull the wet, slippery material over two wooden sticks that resemble penises.

Live from camp: Deadline! Crunch time!

Crunch time is finally here as we haul through the last two days of camp, the pressure to finish our assignments pushing us to give our all.

Live from camp: Grateful to be here

At least once a day, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude that I am here. That’s not to say every moment has been bliss—there are challenges, without a doubt. But all in all, I cannot believe the opportunities we have here. I can’t believe the exceptional people I’ve met, the things I’ve learned and the fun I’ve had.

Live from camp: Learning about differences and taking steps toward the future

Overall, the ThreeSixty program is interesting and helpful. What’s the most interesting to me is all the different types of students that gathered here for the same reason: to write and report.

Live from camp: From strangers to friends in 24 hours

A group of new faces, two weeks away from home, and housing in a different environment. What could be more intimidating in a teenager’s life?

Your Turn: Coaches

Tied for 1st place: Life is too hard

Ahmednur Abdi Hudle, 17, Ubah Medical Academy, Hopkins

My boys came over to my house Monday the week before school started.

Vampire love raising romantic standards for some "Twilight" fans

Emma Olson, a junior at St. Louis Park Senior High, broke up with her boyfriend after reading the “Twilight” series, a vampire romance that has become one of the most popular young-adult stories of the past few years.

“After reading the book I just felt that I deserved better than what I was getting from my boyfriend. I know what I want in a guy, now I just have to find him,” Olson said.

Youth media and education reform

Michael F.

Reality and small towns

I’m a loser … but I embrace it because the thing with being a loser is you have loser friends and they’ll love you no matter what.

Two Twin Cities women escape abusive teen relationships

When a 17-year-old Carolyn Phillips, now 46, of Minneapolis, brought her new 19-year-old boyfriend, Rick, to meet her parents, he was charming and sweet. Carolyn’s mom was especially charmed by Rick. So when he started being abusive they were on his side.

“He would even take my mom out to breakfast every Saturday,” Carolyn said.

After about six months of dating, Rick started to get abusive. He didn’t start out hitting Carolyn. He punched walls and threw things and told Carolyn this was what she would get if she didn’t do exactly what he wanted.

Surprised and grateful

Many hands make light work.

Collaboration key for teen reporters

It’s three days until Halloween and we’ll be working on Saturday while others have visions of free candy dancing through their heads.

Friends' support got student back to school

A year ago, Nico came to school wearing dress shirts, a Mohawk and double chains around his hips. In class, when he was there, he was texting and talking constantly.

“Let’s just do our work,” I’d say.

“Party-pooper,” Nico would answer. Six months later, he gave up on school and dropped out.

As people change, friendships can struggle

Mariah Thesing, 7, was assigned to sit next to Ashley Bohn in second grade. They started talking and became best friends right away. When asked how long they’ll be friends, Mariah said, “I don’t know – forever!”

If you’d asked me the same question in fourth grade about my best friend Laura, I would have said the same thing.

Schools see growth in GLBT support groups

Homophobia hurts, which Helen Sarka knows first-hand. One day, Helen’s mother came to pick her up from school and her girlfriend gave her a goodbye kiss.

“These girls were, like, ‘Oh my god, ew Ugh. You’re going to hell, dykes!’ and they didn’t stop yelling ‘till I got in the car,” Helen said.

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