SPNN Youth's Action Committee (A.K.A. YAC) took a pause from their current projects recently, to chat with Chad Johnston, new Executive Director of SPNN. Over sandwiches and juice, YAC members got to know Chad, and find out what motivated him to leave the warmth of North Carolina for the (sometimes) frigid tundra of Saint Paul. "When I'm comfortable, there is a problem", said Chad, on why he took the E.D. position at SPNN. And we don't think he was talking about weather. Chad has known of SPNN for many years and considers it the "gold standard" of Access Centers.
By, Kao Choua Vue, SPNN Youth Projects Coordinator
Hi everybody! I'm Kao Choua, the new Youth Projects Coordinator for SPNN Youth. I will be taking over SPNN's new Createch workshop series that Emily started. The Createch workshops at Hayden Heights Library will be ending on May 13th for the season. I wanted to give you a heads up about our new Createch location and hours.
SPNN Youth is proud to announce that three of our youth producers had videos nominated for the 2013 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards. Out of over 200 entries from 30 different programs across the region, Damian Jones, Breon Jones and Destiny Roberts’ were each nominated in separate catagories, in Public Affairs, Arts and Cultural Entertainment, and Commercial, respectively.
SPNN Youth Participants Kyle Kuczmarski and Darartu Tashoma were asked to present about SPNN Youth programs at a recent St. Paul Sprockets conference. The two spent a fews weeks putting together their presentation which culminated with this reflection from Kyle on his experiences at his first professional conference and what he learned throughout the process.
By Kyle Kuczmarski, Set It Up crew member, Youth Action Committee
By Kevin Kalla, SPNN Youth Programs Coordinator, Set It Up
It’s quiet in the media lab today. Too quiet for my tastes. Spring Break is upon us, and as we follow the school calendar, it’s a break from Set It Up as well. If only something had happened last week... something that was so much fun, the memories could sustain me during this week of solitude... something that... Wait! I almost forgot about Fun Week!
We're happy to introduce the newest member of the SPNN Youth team, Kao Choua Vue, who will be serving as our Youth Projects Coordinator. Kao Choua Vue is an independent documentary filmmaker and has worked in youth media for 7 years. She enjoys youth media because she believes it's an important tool that empowers youth and gives them a voice. She received a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with a focus on the cultural and social aspects of cities.
The SPNN Summer Youth Intern Program is an intensive paid training program where St. Paul teens work together to make meaningful media about community issues. This program provides young people entering grades 9-12 with hands-on media production experience. Interns learn camera operation, interviewing, and digital editing to create their own short documentary videos. Watch this video to see some of the fun interns had last year.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network is a community media center. SPNN empowers people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding. We operate five channels on the Comcast cable system and reach over 55,000 cable households in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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