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. 

There are many ways you can be involved with SPNN, find the way that is right for you! Hear what our community says about working with SPNN. 

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SPNN is Recruiting

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    Youth Program Specialist

    We’re looking for someone to create meaningful opportunities for youth to engage in the media arts, including documentary, podcasting, and narrative audio and video projects.

    Our Youth Programs Specialist will work with other youth-serving organizations to provide workshops, build relationships with local schools to offer multi-week programs, hold drop-in space for youth to explore media, and help create pathways to professional media opportunities. 

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    CTEP AmeriCorps Member

    "not knowing your way around a computer shuts you out of so many things. I'm so grateful that I got the chance to help change that"- Grace, CETP member '23-'24.

    Benefits

    • Monthly stipend- up to $1,935
    • Paid health insurance*
    • Education Award- up to $7,395
    • Professional Training

    *terms apply

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    Spotlight Shorts

    Spotlight Shorts is an exciting and empowering media arts program designed to support emerging artists who are passionate about their creative projects. This program serves as a stepping stone for individuals who are either actively working on a project or are in the idea phase of their project. Spotlight Shorts is ideal for folks with 1-3 years of media making experience and have worked on short documentaries or other media projects, but not necessarily longer docs.

    Participants receive a stipend for attending. 

Celebrating 40 Years!

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    Share Your SPNN Stories

    For our 40th anniversary we are collecting stories of the impact SPNN has had over the years.

    If you have a story, we'd love to hear from you. Between now and our official anniversary, October 31 we want to share your stories on social media and our website.

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    Sustaining Donor

    Empower. Inspire. Connect. Supporting SPNN is an investment in the fabric of our community. 

    Benefits of recurring donations:

    For SPNN-Regular, reliable donations income makes it easier for us to budget and plan.

    For You- you contribute to the longevity of SPNN, ensuring SPNN is around for the next 40 years providing digital and media skills to the community. 

    Thank you for however you give; whether in time, talents, or money.

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    Across the Decades

    We are celebrating 40 years of SPNN by interviewing people who have helped make SPNN. Each video will feature a voice from each decade. 

    In this first installment we talked with;

    • Neal Gosman, SPNN's first Executive Director. 
    • Jaquie Maddix, one of SPNN's first members
    • Joanna Kohler, teaching artist
    • Tommy Franklin, documentarian and a part of of New Angle Fellows. 

    Take a trip down memory lane!

Highlighted Media

SPNN has a podcast that talks with local artists, several television shows and one of productions created by our production team, media produced by youth and program participants. Below is a sampling of some of our most recent work. 

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    MN Book Awards

    A celebration of the state’s best books, the 36th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony, is presented by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and sponsored by Education Minnesota. Readers, writers, and booklovers from across Minnesota are invited to gather and celebrate the stories of Minnesotans that inspire and connect us. Awards are presented to winners in nine categories and to the recipient of the Book Artist, Hognander Minnesota History, and Kay Sexton awards, with special guests.

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    SPNN Forum

    Host Anahita Champion talks with the Life Coach Latoya Anderson of Purpose for Living, LLC!

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    Disability Viewpoints

    Host Mark Hughes talks with Jodi Munson Rodriguez and Mariyam Naadha from the OLA - Office of the Legislative Auditor, about their report assessing Metro Mobility. Host Joan Willshire talks with Aisha
    Elmquist about the history and future of the Olmstead Implementation Office. Trevor Turner from the MN Council on Disabilities provides a legislative update.

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