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We couldn't do it without you

October 25, 2018

With all of the programs, community events, educational projects, and productions happening at any given time when you step into our space, the work that we do at Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) can sometimes feel like a monumental task. Fortunately, we don’t have to go it alone. We could not begin to do this work without the efforts and energy of the many people who work, intern, or volunteer with us through a number of different programs and partnerships. Many of these programs have just started up for the fall, and we wanted to give you the chance to meet them and hear their stories.

The Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps program is a vital component of the digital literacy work that SPNN does, and we are thrilled to have two CTEP members who serve right here at SPNN. Amelia Palacios has returned for a second term to continue her incredible work with the Media Education team, and we’re excited to welcome Connor Rohwer, who will be joining our Youth programs. In talking about the year to come, Connor shared, "I'm excited to learn with youth as they pursue their interest in media and change making."

Each year, SPNN collaborates with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) on Making Media, Making Change, a semester-long experiential learning program that explores media as a tool in organizing for change. As part of the program, students are given the opportunity to complete an internship here at SPNN. Tyler Shaw has recently begun this project-based internship, and he shared with us, “the biggest thing that drew me to it is having the opportunity to meet new people in my community that I wouldn’t elsewhere.” When asked what he was hoping to get out of the position, he said, “this is helping me network, helping me understand the local film community, and specifically SPNN’s goals and ethics.”

“I feel like it’s important that everyone has the chance to see themselves as a media maker. Making media can give us the opportunity to pause and learn about ourselves and how we operate within the world.” This sentiment was shared by Addie Welch, who is working with our youth programs through the Macalester Off Campus Student Employment program. Currently assisting with outreach, she will soon be working most of the year with youth in Set It Up. “I am really excited to collaborate with youth on creative projects. I feel like everyone has something to contribute, everyone has different ideas, and it’s a really fun opportunity to bring those to life.”

Our Youth Media Leader (YML) program is an opportunity for youth to be employed at SPNN in a leadership role, working as teaching assistants, producers, and in other administrative positions. Bee Xiong, a student at Hmong College Prep Academy, is a YML working with the Createch@SPNN program. “As a YML, I want to learn how I can be more involved in my community and in other people’s community.” As for what she’s looking forward to, she said, “I’m excited to see the projects that I can help with this year. There’s a really broad variety of projects happening in Createch, and I really want to see the outcome.”

As the days get shorter and fall programs begin in earnest, we want to take a moment and thank all of those who contribute to their success. We truly couldn’t do it without you.