People & Places

@16: Timberwolves power forward Thaddeus Young embraces new scenery, season

Having just finished a hard practice at his new team’s Lifetime Fitness facility inside the Target Center, seven-year NBA veteran Thaddeus Young knocks down jump shots with a broad smile spread across his face.

Rocked and rolled: Intensity, identity keep Minnesota RollerGirls going strong

In the world of roller derby, whether you’re a Garda Belt, Dagger Doll or Rockit, you’ve got instant celeb status in Minnesota. However, it takes more than a rough-and-tough personality to become a member of the alter ego elite.

Project Sweetie Pie: Community support learned at grass roots

Through Project Sweetie Pie, Michael Chaney and his volunteers hope to create a gathering space for their neighborhood while giving kids the opportunity to work on a life skills project.

Urban Boatbuilders: Rockin' the boat to discover new skills

The smell of sawdust lingers in the air of a room with the skeleton of a canoe lying in the middle. Hidden in the Midway area of St. Paul, in a storefront converted into a workshop, large pieces of wood hang from the ceiling on chains.

Penumbra Theatre: Making an artistic statement with style

By teaching kids to speak out, and moving those who listen, Summer Institute at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul shapes teens to be fearless and strong. In essence, they are creating the next generation of performance activists.

TreeHouse Youth: Providing a safe place to go for teenagers

TreeHouse, a faith-based nonprofit program that encourages teens to confide in adults and other teenagers, began with a simple observation. Teenagers suffer from too much low self-esteem.

Genesys Works: Discovering the crucial first steps on a career path

Technology is at the center of Genesys Works, a program that serves Twin Cities high school students—primarily from minority backgrounds and families with a history of financial troubles—who need an extra push to succeed in the job market.

Cookie Cart: Program puts the cart before the career

Unless you’ve attempted to crack three eggs without dropping a piece of eggshell, you may not see baking as inherently strategic. But it requires precise steps to reach a goal.

Keystone Youth Services: A first job that's more than taking orders

Want to run your own business someday? Youth Express makes it possible by operating on two social enterprises: Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing.

Breakthrough Twin Cities: For those who commit, a leg up toward college

Decorated lockers and floors, sparkling with glitter, greet visitors to Breakthrough Twin Cities. Newcomers instantly feel welcome.

Brotherhood Inc: Between troubled pasts and brighter future, a little coffee

Located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, Brotherhood Inc. gives African American men a chance to change the direction of their lives. And there’s always something brewing — namely, coffee.

Family Tree Clinic: Talking about sex? They're making it easier

Sex is an awkward subject. True, the dreaded “talk” is something neither a parent nor child wants to deal with. But it’s a whole lot easier to discuss with a friend.

BrandLab: Opening up the marketing industry to fresh views

Wa Yang showed zero interest in anything related to school. The 16-year-old from Harding High School often skipped class, drawing the attention of truancy officers. Then came BrandLab.

Bolder Options: Former Gopher gets kids moving toward better health

Darrell Thompson has few doubts that he’s running one of the best youth mentoring programs in the United States. Now, he wants to make it better.

Minnesota Twins executive Kate Townley mines the minors for future fortunes

Meet Kate Townley, senior manager of Minor League administration for the Twins — and one of only a few women in Major League Baseball to hold an operations position.

Flying solo: Laura Sobiech reflects on her new memoir, life without son Zach

Laura Sobiech’s book isn’t just a story about her son’s battle with terminal cancer. It’s about the value of life, and living each day like it’s the last.

So, you want to be a music writer? Shadowing Andrea Swensson at 89.3 The Current

On Friday, ThreeSixty intern Madie Ley hung out at The Current with local music writer Andrea Swensson. Oh, and she saw the New Pornographers play a few tunes, too.

@16: Minneapolis musician/author Dessa showcases her creativity on multiple fronts

She’s a local star with many titles — musician, rapper, author, poet, public speaker — but Minnesotans recognize her by just one name.

ThreeSixty HotSeat: Ruben Rosario, Pioneer Press

Ruben Rosario doesn’t pull any punches about his column writing. Nope. He writes for “the underdogs, the average Joes, the working class people.”

Camp snapshots: Public relations with David Hlavac of Bellmont Partners

When public relations expert David Hlavac came into a classroom of 14 high school students and said, “Raise your hand if you know what public relations is,” only two people did so.

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