Listen Up! Youth Radio

Partner Agency: Listen Up! Youth Radio
Location(s):  550 Vandalia St, Saint Paul (within SPNN) and/or other partner locations in MPLS or STP
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Jordan Lee Thompson, Executive Director

CTEP Program Overview
The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the "digital divide" for new immigrants and low-income communities in the Twin Cities. CTEP is a program of the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Site History and Mission

MISSION: To provide Twin Cities youth with access to radio and digital media, tools to build community through media justice, and opportunities to amplify voice and leadership.

Listen Up Youth Radio began in January 2018 and went public with our first program that June via a weekly, youth-hosted radio program. Today, Listen Up is a worker self-directed nonprofit with an embedded youth media entrepreneurship cooperative. Our board includes Youth Media Collective members and alumni and adult volunteers. While we apply for our 501(c)3, our fiscal agent is Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Our program strategies are: 1) youth employment, 2) training and education in media production, journal ism & media literacy, and 3) civic engagement and leadership development. We run:

  1. 8 monthly youth-produced radio shows (4-Spm, Mondays/Thursdays on WFNU + Fridays on KRSM)
  2. a year round Youth Media Collective (employment and entrepreneurship cooperative program),
  3. a Summer Media Institute (peer-to-peer training program),
  4. Youth Forums (aired on our podcast and 5th monthly Mondays/Fridays), and
  5. media education and media production services for schools, companies, libraries, and community organizations.

Site Environment

This position is hybrid in-person and remote, although an in-person workspace will always be available for you. We are working with our youth media collective members and our partners to determine where our (shared) office space will be in the fall. Current possibilities include locations in St Anthony Park (St Paul), Whittier, Cedar-Riverside, and Howe (Minneapolis). Our programming sites will likely include one or more of these locations as well. In 2022 so far we have operated through a hybrid model that includes Zoom and onsite programming at SPNN, KFAI,SPEAK MPLS, and YWCA St Paul. In the past programming also took place at KRSM, WFNU, Avalon School, Southside Family Charter School, South High School, the Science Museum's Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center, and beyond.

The physical demands of the position include: working multiple hours a day in virtual meetings and commuting a couple of times per week to or between program sites to hold programming. The emotional demands include: working multiple hours a day in virtual spaces and some emotional labor supporting young people during programming. The intellectual demands of the position include: learning and teaching media and technology skills, learning and teaching cooperative models and entrepreneurial literacy, writing, speaking to groups of young people, thinking creatively about individual projects and at team meetings, understanding how to work with young people and managing and posting to social media accounts. An individual who is self-motivated, comfortable in adapting with a small and quickly growing organization, and initiates project work is best suited for this position.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

Flexible schedule with breaks. 32 hours/week (M-Th by default) + 2x/mo Corps Days (see below) + available on-call for radio hosts on select Fridays and Sundays. 2-3 days per week will go until 6 or 6:30pm. Some weekend training with youth if/as needed.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes at the service site, and citizenship skills. These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory. Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Site Specific Responsibilities

The Youth Media Training & Pathways Coordinator position will support Listen Up's youth media entrepreneurship and employment programming for Twin Cities youth and young adults and provide capacity building work to support higher education access and media career pathways for participants.

Capacity Building Projects - 15 hours/week

  1. Increase the number of young people trained in media production, journalism, media literacy, leadership, and group dialogue/facilitation
  2. Increase the number of young people competitive in higher education and employment
  3. Establish pathways to substantive employment positions for current and former participants
  4. Build systems/structures to sustain a supported community of youth taking on issues in their community through  media

Tasks:

  1. develop partnerships with local high schools to create options for participants to receive credit for their work with Listen Up,
  2. develop partnerships with local and national higher education media departments, and journalism and media outlets to create internship and job pathways for Listen Up participants,
  3. develop structures to maintain youth leadership of Listen Up programming,
  4. create an inventory and subscription plan for our equipment and technical software,
  5. update curriculum on media production, media literacy, financial literacy, and media career readiness,
  6. produce a plan for weekly and monthly marketing, communications, and social media content,
  7. create structures for distribution of Listen Up's youth-produced media content,
  8. develop a plan for keeping current volunteers engaged and recruiting future volunteers, and
  9. generate a plan for gathering and maintaining participant data and evaluation.

Train the Trainer Support for Youth Leaders - 15 hours/week

Goals:

  1. Deliver high-quality media production, technology literacy, and career readiness programming to young adults to support tangible learning and job or internship placement

Tasks:

  1. Co-facilitate after-school and summertime programming with Listen Up youth leaders for high schoolers on radio broadcasting, audio and multimedia storytelling, journalism, media literacy, media justice, career readiness, group dialogue/facilitation, and worker cooperative literacy
  2. Support youth to lead media workshops for schools and local youth organizations and co-facilitate these at times
  3. Integrate technology education, financial literacy, and career readiness training into programming, with an emphasis on media entrepreneurship and worker cooperative models

Weekly Routine Work & Training - 2-9 hours/week

  1. Attend trainings on media production, media justice, social media marketing, and more
  2. Write reports for CTEP program
  3. Attend Corps Days with your CTEP cohort (twice monthly)

Listen Up Youth Radio Benefits include:

  1. Flexible role that can align with your skillset and areas of desired growth
  2. Access to MediaJustice network and trainings, and other relevant professional development
  3. Your photo and bio profiled on our website
  4. Personal access to Hindenburg Pro audio editing software

How to Apply

Apply online at http://my.americorps.gov/ and click on “Apply to Serve”. Be sure to search for the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to. 

CTEP AmeriCorps values an equitable work environment and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous and people of color, speakers of many languages, disabled individuals, LGBTQIA+ identified, and people from other underrepresented communities to apply.

Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.