Youth Opportunities

Find  current youth media opportunities in the Twin Cities. SPNN Youth loves volunteers! For more information about volunteering or helping with one of our programs, please contact Nicola Pine at

Brian Wilson Scholarship Application

The Brian Wilson Scholarship of $1,000 is offered annually by the Alliance for Community Media to promote the values of former Board of Directors Chair Brian Wilson by providing financial support to an individual currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program in media arts, broadcast journalism, community & public service, government administration, public education administration or teaching.

Scholarship applicants must be:

Minnesota Youth Council Accepting Applications

Minnesota Youth Council is a collaboration of youth and adults working together to empower and mobilize youth across the state to exercise their voices, opinions and ideas to take action on youth issues.  MYC is currently looking for youth and adults who are passionate about issues facing youth today. Youth and adults candidates are asked to complete separate applications. If you already have a youth or adult partner in mind, please specify that individual on your application.

ThreeSixty Journalism Camps

ThreeSixty Journalism offers high school students both residential and non-residential summer camps as well as school-year programming at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus. Media professionals and other mentors provide instruction to enhance reading, writing and speech skills, as well as develop journalism skills and college readiness.

Summer camps: For summer 2015, ThreeSixty offers two journalism camp options for high school students. Both camps take place at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus.

The Nickelodeon Get Dirty Challenge

The National Environmental Education Foundation and Nickelodeon are partnering to bring you The Get Dirty Challenge. Your challenge is to send us a video, no more than 60 seconds long, showing us how you get dirty to help the environment. (Don't forget to submit your parental consent form too!) Be creative! Use storytelling, images or anything that shows and explains how you are “Getting Dirty” to help improve your local environment. Prize!

Up and Out Upper-Midwest Youth Queer Film Festival

Up and Out: Upper-Midwest Youth Queer Film Festival is organized by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council.

2015 Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards

Entries now open for 2015 Student Production Awards
These awards recognize outstanding high school & college student achievements in video media production and are intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism.

If I Had A Trillion Dollars Film Festival

The National Priorities Project (NPP) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) joined together to sponsor the “If I Had A Trillion Dollars” (IHTD) youth film festival to help integrate the voices and ideas of young people into the nation’s budget debate.  As revenue and spending decisions made at the federal level disproportionately affect young people, the festival is geared toward educating and inspiring young people to engage in civic activism.

Beneath the Waves - Youth Making Ripples Contest

The Beneath the Waves – Youth Making Ripples Film Competition – is an opportunity  for K-12 students (< 18 years of age) to use their creative talents and serve as a voice for our oceans. We encourage elementary, middle and high school students to create their own marine related film on a topic of their interest. All submission must be less than 5 minutes. The message of your film can focus on an interesting marine topic, a specific marine related problem or issue, or a call to action for conservation.

90-Second Newbery Contest

The 90-Second Newbery contest is now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers. Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February.

The rules:

Strong Families Youth Online Film Fest

The Strong Families Youth Film Fest is a national online film festival curated by Media Literacy Project for Strong Families. They are looking for short videos created by youth ages 14-24 that address social issues that impact their everyday lives.


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