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Cliques -- a place to belong, a way to exclude.

Student journalists at Humboldt Junior High School in St. Paul talk to teachers and students about why teens form cliques and the pain they can cause.

Summer 2006 Workshop Articles

Fourteen students from Minnesota high schools spent two weeks in June 2006 at the ThreeSixty summer workshop at the University of St. Thomas. The result: four pages of stories published in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Never too young to be homeless

It’s five a.m. in Minneapolis under the overhang of an abandoned building. It’s cold and damp from the morning dew. Most teenagers still have a few hours left to sleep, but not Mack, a 19-year-old runaway from Portland, Oregon. His life is far from average.

His bedtime is when he feels safe enough to sleep.

His alarm clock is the sun.

Pressured to Play

Back in the spring I was listening to my cousin’s phone conversation with a girl who just told him that she was pregnant by him. Five minutes later, he was on MySpace trying to get a number from another girl.

This got me to thinking, why do so many young men like me and my cousin feel they’ve go to be players and have a lot of girls? And what about the consequences?

Kenny, a 17-year-old senior at Johnson High School in St. Paul, has a steady girlfriend. Still, he finds it easy to get caught up in a player mentality.

“It’s a game, you just gotta play it right,” he said. “It’s like a game to have and hit the most girls without them knowing.”

Cleaning up a neighborhood -- one trash bag at a time

Crumpled and ripped phonebooks, cigarette butts, Cheeto bags and broken beer bottles began to accumulate and dirty up the sidewalks and streets in my neighborhood last summer. This summer, people in the Holland neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis noticed an increase in litter – particularly under the bridge on 24th and Washington near Edison High School. What was interesting was seeing how the neighborhood came together to deal with it.

Education costly for undocumented immigrants

{{“Education costly for undocumented immigrants”}} by Edgar Ullaguari, Lincoln International High School

Methodist church attracts more youth

{{“Methodist church attracts more youth”}} by Matthew Smith, Como Park High School

Students gang together to fight murder

{{“Students gang together to fight murder”}} by Julia Wang, Eden Prairie High School

Former crack user is a sister to 'sisters'

{{“Former crack user is a sister to ‘sisters’”}} by Tiana Daun, Patrick Henry High School

Soldier-father adjusts after third Iraq tour

{{“Soldier-father adjusts after third Iraq tour”}} by Levi Ismail, Anoka High School

One troop's mission to educate

{{“One troop’s mission to educate”}} by Mysee Chang, Buffalo High School

Gas prices up, teen fun down

{{“Gas prices up, teen fun down”}} by Maggie Clemensen, Northwestern High School, Mellette, South Dakota

My struggle and what you should know

Emma Weber is one teenager who’s not likely to “pig out” on junk food — at least not more than once in awhile. She pays too big a price. The 16-year-old junior at Osseo Senior High School has Type 1 diabetes and there’s nothing she could have done to prevent it.

What's so cool about Caribou?

Jake Holden is the face of Caribou Coffee’s teen market.

He plays baseball and tennis, works at the local carwash, plays the guitar, runs errands for his elderly neighbor, and takes classes during the day. The 17-year-old high school junior is dead asleep when his head hits the pillow every night. What keeps him functioning, Holden says, is a daily boost at Caribou Coffee in Edina.

Roseville group fighting for Darfur

{{“Roseville group fighting for Darfur”}} by Andrew Worrall, Roseville Area High School

Never too young to be homeless

{{“Never too young to be homeless”}} by Aimee Cote, Buffalo High School

Cliques -- place to belong, a way to exclude.

Humboldt Junior High students know exactly {{what cliques their peers belong to.}} Most are groups of friends who share certain interests or activities. But immigrant kids called Fresh Off the Boat speak out about how it hurts to be labelled.

Cell phones come to school

Despite school rules prohibiting cell phones, junior high students feel they’re essential to keep in touch with family and friends. Junior high students {{examine the pros and cons}} of bringing cell phones to school.

St. Paul Cops’ Best Friend (1)

{{The St. Paul Department's canine unit}}, and their training, are some of the best in the country and regularly win competitions with other departments. ThreeSixty 2006 summer workshop students Angelica Birch and Mercedes Akinseye each did a story about the dogs and their training.

I’ll Always Be Hmong

Ian Yue and Mai Cha Vang do a story about a {{young Hmong man from St. Paul}} who’s been keeping a secret from his family for fear of angering his parents: He’s gay. He’s not the only one in the Twin Cities’ Hmong community who is struggling with his/her sexual orientation and how to be honest about it and deal with the consequences

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