ThreeSixty Magazine, Dec. 2016

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Changing for the better

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ThreeSixty Alumni Spotlight: Persistence pays off for MinnPost reporter Ibrahim Hirsi

When Ibrahim Hirsi applied for ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp in 2006, one of the application questions asked, “Why do you want to be a part of this program?”

A unique reality: New research highlights how first-gen students and families navigate college

Long before Josh Crespo became a first-generation college student, he wondered if students of color like himself belonged in college.

Seeking to engage and unify: Spring Lake Park creates Black Student Union to raise awareness

School’s out at Spring Lake Park High School, but a group of students is staying after class, their eyes glued on a PowerPoint presentation.

Use a hall pass or stay in class: New Champlin Park pass system doesn’t sit well with some students

The first day of school can be full of surprises.

Kneeling for change: Twin Cities high school athletes join national protest

For Rosie Letofsky, taking a knee during the national anthem at her volleyball game on Sept. 15 was a no-brainer.

A balancing act: High school athletes do their best to juggle sports and academics, but sometimes struggle

It’s 6 a.m. on a Monday when Joey Doyle arrives at the weight room of Minneapolis Southwest High School.

Mina Yuan

Young globetrotters: High school students experience new cultures while studying abroad

Last summer, Mina Yuan traveled on the subway in South Korea for two hours to get to Seoul, the capital city near the North Korean border.

Not playtime anymore: Coralie Maldonado, a youth activist, calls for social justice in schools. And her peers call her ‘Social Justice Girl.’

The first time Coralie Maldonado led a protest, she was only in kindergarten.

Beyond X’s and O’s: Prep basketball’s Larry McKenzie spreads his creed, players become believers

Anyone who has played for Larry McKenzie has heard “the creed.”

The gift of reading: 16-year-old Maria Keller is distributing 2 million books to at-risk youth

Books were part of Maria Keller’s life before she was even born.

ThreeSixty Focus on… Ilhan Omar: A month before the election, the woman who would become the first Somali-American legislator in U.S. history talks her candidacy, marriage controversy and future

When Ilhan Omar first came to the United States from an African refugee camp at age 12, she knew only a few words of English (“Hello” and “shut up”).

A seat at the table: Collin Robinson is a 16-year-old social justice and education advocate

Last school year, Collin Robinson helped select the next superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools.

Designing the ‘Maxfield Times’: Bethel journalism students to create newspaper for St. Paul elementary

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Saint Paul’s Maxfield Elementary School will soon be featured in their own newspaper, thanks largely to the hard work of a graphic design and storytelling

A push for ethnic studies: Students and educators see benefits of classes in schools

During her multicultural class at Champlin Park High School, Amari Graham has learned about African-American history and has presented on southern United States culture in front of the entire

Q-and-A with St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson: City’s first black police chief talks aftermath of mall stabbing

St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson is no stranger to racial tension.

He has lived it.

Protest hits home: Ethiopian runner’s gesture at 2016 Olympics resonates with Minnesotans

Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa caught the world’s attention when he crossed the finish line in the 2016 Olympics marathon in Rio last summer with his arms over his head in the shape of an &ld

The LGBT history debate: Local students, educators, others weigh in on California measure to teach classes in schools

Students in California public schools will soon be taught LGBT history statewide for the first time.

Self-identity: Putting the puzzle pieces into place

I see my identity as a jigsaw puzzle.

O, say can you kneel?: Legitimate protest is not a form of disrespect

During the homecoming pep fest at St. Paul Harding this year, the student flag staff held the American flag in the gymnasium while the national anthem was played by the school band.

First-generation and unashamed: Planning to be the first in the family to attend college

I am not ashamed to be a first-generation college student.

Safe in the sound: Reflections on a journey with music

It is a hot, quiet day. The air is talking in tiny whispers, creeping up on the back of my shirt.

Not lack of caring: Immigrant parents face challenges overseeing children's education

Looking around my ninth-grade science class at Eagan High School, I noticed I was one of only two students of color in class, along with a Somali boy who had a habit of not finishing his work.