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News from the Youth Department

Immigrant Youth Use Video to Explain Where They Come From

Leap Academy provides a working space for immigrant students to learn English and adapt into the American culture as quickly as possible. There’s a diverse range of students who come from different parts of the world and they are all immersed in one environment so they can get the best experience to prepare them after they graduate. In the Spring, SPNN youth had the opportunity to work with 12 students who have been in the United States for less than 3 years. Their English is still developing but are improving everyday. They were asked to make a video about where they come from.

Join SPNN at the Grand Opening of Arlington Hills Community Center

SPNN is part of Createch, a pilot program that started in November 2012 with the Saint Paul Public Libraries and Saint Paul Parks & Recs. Createch is a space for teens to be creative with technology. It strives to provide teens in and around Saint Paul with access to the current and emerging technology needed to pursue their interests and spark new passions, along with mentors to support their individual growth.

Animating Culture with 5th Graders

Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet students celebrate their animations on the red carpet.Students celebrate on the red carpet.
SPNN Youth partnered with Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet to create cultural folktale stop-motion videos with 100 5th graders since October 2013. This year, they produced more than 60 different videos. The students worked on cultural folktales from 5 different cultures: Hmong, Karen, Mexican, African and Native American.


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