At South High in Minneapolis, student voice is an important part of learning to be civically engaged. Learn more in this video titled “Outspoken,” created by students Jo Alterini, De’vion Wagner, Jonathan Magati and Tre’von James. Continue Reading
This week: state GOP legislators draw intense criticism from community members on bills that would prevent cities from passing workers’ rights ordinances, and the Minneapolis NAACP holds a forum to discuss racial disparities in the state’s juvenile justice system. Continue Reading
In this video made through Minneapolis South High School’s 2016-2017 VOICES class, students Sagal Muktar, Elias Salad, Hamdi Osman and Yahya Noo showcase the complexities of Muslim identity Continue Reading
This week: Minnesota high school athletes protest the national anthem, get to know the state’s first Native Supreme Court justice Anne McKreig and Dayton’s ultimatum on a potential special session. Continue Reading
The mock election results belie a more complex level of youth engagement within the world of politics, in not only who youth say they support but also in how they choose to participate. Continue Reading
In the Twin Cities, Somali youth are voicing their dissent over a federally funded program called Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) that aims to surveil and stigmatize the predominantly Muslim community. Continue Reading
Every year, ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit program at University of St. Thomas for young, journalists, designates an exceptional participant as that year’s ThreeSixty Scholar. That person receives a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to study journalism and communication at St. Thomas. This year, that honor goes to Danielle Wong, a 17-year-old high school graduate from Lakeville.
People do occasionally ask her – and her parents – how she does it.
“Definitely not by myself,” she said.
Wong insists that she’s met countless people who have taken their time to help her. But the motivation, the drive, the passion – that’s all her.
“My parents have never been the ones to push me to do something I don’t want to do – except learn Chinese,” she said.
Most people who know or have worked with Wong will talk about how young she is. She recently turned 17, but she’s already planning for her freshman year at St. Thomas, excelling at a summer internship with ThreeSixty and writing for Tommiemedia, St. Thomas’ campus news source. Most students studying journalism at St. Thomas will have to wait for their junior or senior year for the same honor. She also blogs and occasionally acts for Mu Performing Arts, a theater company that produces performances from the Asian American experience. Continue Reading
“So often the terms and phrases applied to African American youth are negative: at risk, inner city, thug, gangster,” said Gary Hines, a three-time Grammy award winner and music director of the ensemble Sounds of Blackness. Continue Reading