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News from the Youth Department

Seven Youth Producers Nominated in 2014 NATAS Awards

Hi! My name is Darartu Tashoma. I have been a part of Set It Up for about three years, and now, I am the program’s Youth Assistant. I am pleased to announce that several of our youth producers have videos nominated in the 2014 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)- Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards, with a ceremony on Sunday, March 30th at Nickelodeon Universe. Out of many entries across the region, seven of SPNN Youth producers, Kyle Kuczmarski, Jake Vigliotti, Simon Insook, Kiki Smith-Pugh, Rahmyra Webb, Destiny Dunn and Kylee Boldt were nominated in separate categories for high school students.

Set It Up kicks off a great new season of youth media

A standing-room only audience came out for the screening.

Hi, my name is Pinky Lor and it has been a pleasure to be a youth member at the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network’s (SPNN) Set it Up program! Through SPNN, I have gained video production skills as well as many other skills that I know will be useful to me in the future. We recently had our Set it Up First Episode Screening on January 30th, 2014, with our youth members: Sumaya, Kylee, Theng, Pinky, Max, Julia, Ayantu, Kyle, and Delmar, as well as Daratu, a youth worker at SPNN.

And the award goes to...

SPNN Youth Programs Director Nicola Pine and SPNN Youth Program Coordinator Kao-Choua Vue celebrate their big award.

By Kao Choua Vue, SPNN Youth Projects Coordinator

This year’s summer seemed like it went by so fast and already, it was October 31st - the Re/max Results Film Festival deadline. The contest called for entries that were three minutes about what you love in your neighborhood or community. Since Roosevelt Community Center’s youths, ages 9 - 16 years old, had produced a video about their community in the summer program, SPNN entered the contest. There were more than thirty-five submissions from filmmakers from all backgrounds in the Twin Cities.


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