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Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (Community Media)

Partner AgencySaint Paul Neighborhood Network
Location(s)550 Vandalia Street, Suite 170, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114 
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Bonnie Schumacher, Community Access Director

CTEP Program Description:

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP is a project of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Site History and Mission

Since 1985 SPNN has been the Cable Access Provider for the City of Saint Paul.  Our mission is to increase civic engagement in Saint Paul by providing an avenue for free speech on the Cable Access Television Network.  We provide training, check out equipment, and have 5 Cable Access Channels available to the public.

The Access department empowers individuals and organizations to tell their stories by teaching basic and advanced media production skills and offering access to our wide-reaching cable channels. Participants learn to tell their stories of self and community in an engaging and thoughtful way.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

General work hours are 10am–6pm Mondays–Fridays The schedule is flexible depending on Access Center programming. The Access Center is open 7 days a week with afternoon and evening hours. 

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes in the workplace, 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.

Specific Site Responsibilities

  • Building relationships with SPNN Members: Whether through basic classes, specialized workshops, or drop-in labs, the Access CTEP will work to make SPNN members feel engaged and supported. The availability of the Access CTEP to SPNN members is highly important. The Access CTEP is encouraged to  spend as much time as possible in the Access Center in order to build relationships outside of organized classes or events.
  • Intern/Volunteer recruitment and management: The Access Department offers several intern positions every year. The Access CTEP will oversee the recruitment process by building connections in Universities and Colleges. They will also work with interns from our programming partners the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affaires (HECUA). 
  • Communication and promotion of SPNN classes and events: The Access CTEP will be in charge of the promotion of their classes and workshops, through event pages on the SPNN website, word of mouth, or the distribution of flyers. They will also track needs and desires of members in order to provide better workshops.

Unique Qualifications Sought

Experience with media technology (specifically video production) , community engagement, and media literacy is strongly desired.

Site Environment

SPNN is located off 94 and University Avenue in the lower Saint Anthony neighborhood, also known as the Creative Enterprise Zone. Our programs take place on site in our youth media lab, access center and classroom spaces, and ofEitc at various locations throughout Saint Paul, but in particular the Createch drop in spaces for teens in the Saint Paul Public Libraries. SPNN is a friendly, busy, and engaging place to work. There are many opportunities for learning and growth within the departments at SPNN. The CTEP Members will be using video production equipment, computers, and other media tools, and training youth and adults how to use these technologies.

How to Apply

Apply online at 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).  Contact: Joel Krogstad, krogstad@spnn.org, 651.556.1384

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.