Never Turn Your Back to the Wave: The Travis Jordan Story

Produced by our Spotlight Short Series Team: Reginald Blackwell Jr., Sequoia Hauk, Aaron Panaligan. Mentored by Joua Lee Grande


SPNN is a community media and technology center that provides the tools and training for youth, adult, and nonprofits to use media and technology to tell stories and gain job skills. We have 35 AmeriCorps members in nonprofits, libraries, and workforce centers around the Twin Cities metro area. We partner with organizations to create studio programs. Through our programs and classes we help youth and adults learn media making skills. 

Due to COVID-19 our media center is open three days a week. We are open Sundays from 1-5, Tuesdays 3-7, and Fridays from 3-7. We are limiting the amount of people in the space so reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance. All of our classes are virtual. See below to sign up for our Intro to SPNN class. After you have taken the Intro class you can sign up to take the Camera Class to learn how to utilize our cameras, audio, and other field gear. 

To request equipment fill out this webform. If you are having trouble filling out the webform please email the Media Center team with your request. 

Become a part of the SPNN community

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    Become a CTEP Member

    Teach technology for social change! If you have basic computer and technology skills, such as how to use email and the Microsoft Office suite, then you have more to teach than you realize.

    Tutor and teach workshops, create programming and materials, and build relationships. Find our more about how you can help make a difference in the Twin Cities community. 

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    Utilize SPNN Resources

    To utilize SPNN resources; camera, lights, audio, Adobe Premiere for editing, and studio you need to be a member of SPNN and take our Intro Class the first Wednesday of every month via Zoom. You will also learn about all of our programs for adults to learn media skills. 

    Advance your skills in audio, production, or post production, or script writing by joining us for our Virtual Drop in Space on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6-8. Email for more details. 

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    Youth Programs

    Youth 14-24 can learn podcasting, video production, and about careers in media by becoming a part of SPNN Youth. Create your own media in our Createch program or join our Media Active youth as they learn video production while working on productions for other nonprofits. We also do specialized training sessions with other nonprofits. 

    Figure out which program is right for you by reaching out to Michael Hay or Za'Nia Coleman

SPNN Blogs

  • Join the Community Technology Empowerment Project! General CTEP AmeriCorps Position Description

  • SPNN's Spotlight Short Program

    Six new short documentaries done by SPNN members are now ready to view. 

  • SPNN Podcast with Desdamona

    In April 2020 we recorded the first episode of the SPNN Podcast and our first guest was Spoken Word Artist/Poet, Hip Hop Artist, and Educator Desdamona.

  • ICC-AmeriCorps Week Podcast

    A prerecorded Spirit Radio Podcast - AmeriCorps Week Day 1 featuring an interview with ICC President Charles Churchill!

  • Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives too for Officer Chaunt√®¬†Ford

    The story about a Black woman police officer. 

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