ThreeSixty Magazine, Sept. 2017

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Progress worth celebrating

I tuck myself into a chair in the middle of Minnesota Public Radio’s spacious UBS Forum. 

Young journalists take the next step: ThreeSixty Journalism’s new TV and radio summer camps give budding storytellers new skills

This summer, ThreeSixty Journalism debuted two brand new camps—a TV broadcast camp and a radio broadcast camp—for advanced ThreeSixty students and young alums.

Levi Ismail, a ThreeSixty Journalism alum and the 2008 ThreeSixty Scholar, is a

ThreeSixty Alumni Spotlight: Look, Ma. I’m on TV: Hard work brings journalist Levi Ismail from the Midwest to Florida

Levi Ismail’s mother always taught him and his siblings the importance of hard work and wanting to succeed.

Lancaster lands job with Under-Told Stories Project

Simeon Lancaster, the 2013 ThreeSixty Scholar, graduated from the University of St.


Brightening food deserts: BrightSide Produce’s young people bring affordable fruits and veggies to Minneapolis’ low-income neighborhoods

Adam Kay wanders through a University of St. Thomas garden on a bright summer day, occasionally pulling dead leaves from plants.

‘Bridge of Hope’: St. Paul Rondo community leaders give input on Dale Street Bridge reconstruction project

For some people in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, the Dale Street Bridge Project is more than just an improvement for transportation.

The dangers of e-cigarettes: Experts warn against popular smoking alternative

For young people who use e-cigarettes, it can start with a vape pen or a hookah pen.

Soon, experts say, they can be deep into the world of nicotine addiction.

Welcome road closures: Open Streets events inspire health, unite Minneapolis neighbors

Imagine a street closed down and filled with 80,000 people.

Well, not exactly all at once.

Nice Ride bikes

Partnering to treat mental illness: Nice Ride, HCMC join forces to offer free bike memberships to patients

The Hennepin County Medical Center and Twin Cities ride-sharing program Nice Ride are partnering to offer patients with mental illness free use of bikes throughout the summer.

A new meaning for ‘ride sharing’: St. Paul teens teach community about sustainable transportation

Even though Munira Hersi lives only a few blocks away from the Metro Transit bus and light rail stops in St.

The Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls (left), founder of First Nations Kitchen, and Cl

A source of food and unity: South Minneapolis garden tackles issues of diversity, food security and sustainability

At the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden in south Minneapolis, food brings people of diverse faiths and circumstances together. 

Youth in Roots for the Home Team pose for a photo at Target Field.

Hot dogs at the ballpark? Think again: Youth in Roots for the Home team create, sell salads at sports venues

It’s the seventh-inning stretch at Target Field, and you start to get hungry.

College Essay: Telling my story, without a costume

The dress was knee-length, frilled, and made of a blue material that resembled a shaggy carpet. In retrospect, it was hideous. But in that very moment, I felt like a princess.

Chia Thao, St. Paul Highland Park High School

College Essay: A stand-in parent

My arms screamed in protest, crying mutiny against my mind even as screams, loud and physical, erupted from my youngest sister. 

Jose Galvan, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

College Essay: On a mission to help others

I am lying on the playground, looking up at the other kids like they are giants. One kid keeps kicking me in the stomach.

Gabriel Hearne

College Essay: Choosing the right path

If I hadn’t moved away from Gary, Indiana, I would be in a juvenile facility or possibly pregnant.

Zong Xiong

College Essay: Honoring a father and his legacy

I hate the smell of hospitals. The pungent, sterile odor of the place where some people go to die takes me back to the year I turned 7 years old. 

College Essay: ‘Wherever you come from does not define you’

When I tell people I live in north Minneapolis, their eyes often get wide. 

College Essay: Raising my voice and gaining confidence

On a humid day in June, I landed in Boston, feeling tense. I was away from home, away from my family. I was scared.

Heidi Sanchez Avila

College Essay: ‘A rainbow of identities’

I felt like I was in a whole new world. This was the first time I was attending a Pride event.

College Essay: The value of education

The scorching heat and blazing sun signified the first day of summer break in 2015. I had just completed my seventh-grade year and my report card finally arrived in the mail. 

College Essay: 6,373 miles to the ‘land of dreams’

The people on the plane reminded me of the soccer players and cartoon characters I saw on television. It was like another world. Not many people looked like me. 

Pay Poe

College Essay: Driven by my mother’s sacrifices

It was a humid summer day of my fourth year in America when I decided to apply for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) to help me achieve my goal of a college education. 

Samira Mohamed

College Essay: Reading, writing and happiness

As a young Somali girl, the fictional worlds of “Junie B. Jones” and “Clarice Bean” were my escape.

College Essay: No longer running away

Breathing rapidly, tears streamed down my face. “I can't do this anymore,” I say to myself.

Standing up, I walk to a random person sitting in the park.

ThreeSixty Focus on… Gov. Mark Dayton

The Minnesota governor talks about his high school life, his political career and the state’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Kelly Ordonez Saybe, a Roseville Area High School graduate

Student seeks new opportunity at Dougherty Family College: St. Thomas two-year school offers low-income students a chance at college

Kelly Ordonez Saybe didn’t get into her first college choice, the University of St. Thomas.

Labor of love: Steger Wilderness Center in Ely home to vibrant community

For those who know of Minnesota polar explorer Will Steger, they most likely have heard of his ambitious polar expeditions and work on combatting climate change. 

Bao Vang

Onward and upward: A look at ThreeSixty alumni highlights

From earning national journalism awards and scholarships to getting hired to conduct research for the country’s largest television sports network, our ThreeSixty Journalism young alumni are s