SPNN Youth



News from the Youth Department

SPNN Youth Is Heading to Detroit

Allied Media Conference closing ceremony. Photo by Nickey Robare.

by Nicola Pine, SPNN Youth Programs Director


For the First Time In Laos

Kao Choua (far right) and her family in Laos
As I was minutes away from Laos, I got emotional. The story of how my parents escaped Laos and the history of what happened to the Hmong people sets in my mind. I was finally in Laos and I was ready to learn about the land, the culture and the people. When I got off the plane and passed through the visa desk, I was in a rush to find my relatives. My Uncle Chue Toua was waiting for me along with my cousin Pao Choua and nephew Teng. I hugged my Uncle Chue Toua, Teng and Pao Choua for the first time.

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.


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