SPNN Youth


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.

Youth Producers in the house at Youthprise Summit

Jake and Kyle taking a break from production work at the Youthprise Summit

Our Youth Production Services division of SPNN Youth has been busy this month!  We were excited to partner with Youthprise once again to produce a number of short videos highlighting their recent Youthprise Summit, a daylong event exploring the out-of-school time field in the Twin Cities.  Jake and Kyle, two awesome youth producers and recent members of Set It Up, interviewed attendees about their impressions of the conference, then identified three themes to create short pieces around 

TCYMN Takes the Stage at MACTA

TCYMN workshop presenters at MACTA Conference

We were excited to take part in a workshop recently at the MACTA (Minnesota Asssociation of Community Telecommunications Administrators) conference, an association of cable access centers around the state.  Titled "More than Wayne's World" the workshop was presented by three members of TCYMN (Twin Cities Youth Media Network) - IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), CTV North Suburbs, and SPNN.  The workshop consisted of an overview of the youth media field

SPNN Youth Participants Build Their Own Credit Union

SPNN Youth Media Leaders learned about financial responsibilities this summer by building their own credit union in a new program from Unity One.
We've all heard the age-old dilemma mo’ money, mo’ problems, but here at SPNN Youth, we think more money just equals more opportunities to teach youth how to be successful. Try fitting that into your next rap refrain. And while we may not be topping the charts with our witty rhymes about responsible financial practices, with a little help from some of our friends, we are helping our participants get a head start on some savings street smarts.

Lights, Tamales, ACTION!!!- SPNN's Youth Intern Program concludes another term

The final tamales were devoured as lights dimmed at Galtier Plaza cinema.  After seven weeks of hard work, the 12 students in the youth intern program (YIP) had something to be proud of.  They finished their first documentary project, something that seemed almost impossible at the beginning of the summer. Some students never operated a camera before. Some students never even heard the term documentary.

Andrew and Destiny kick off the sophomore year of Sprockets

St. Paul Sprockets and SPNN Youth have partnered again this summer to create five one-minute videos for the Sprockets program finder, an out-of-school-time program directory for youth in Saint Paul. Two youth producers, Destiny Roberts and Andrew Lonnes, were chosen to create high energy promotional videos that would attract youth to the various programs, videos by youth for youth.


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