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CTV North Suburbs

YOUTH MEDIA ASSISTANT COORDINATOR


Partner AgencyCTV North Suburbs
Location(s)2670 Arthur Street, Roseville, MN
Site Supervisor: Jordan Lee Thompson, Youth Media Coordinator         

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

CTV North Suburbs is a non-profit organization that provides public access community television services to the residents of nine cities: Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville and St. Anthony. CTV's Youth Media Department—known more commonly as "CTV Teens"—is home to CreaTV, Summers @ The Station, Young Lenses, Mobile Workshops, CTV Field Trips, and a high school internship program. In all of CTV's teen programs, students work collaboratively with other youth from many walks of life and diverse backgrounds while learning basic technology skills and creating high-quality media relevant to their communities. CTV welcomes youth of color, new immigrant youth, low-income youth, youth living with disabilities, GLBT youth, and any other youth looking for a unique creative outlet through which to express themselves. Outreach efforts specifically target populations in and around our nine cities with the greatest need for technology training and resources.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The member must be available for after-school programming from 2:00 PM - 6:15 PM Monday through Thursday (time includes prep time and direct service). Beyond these hours, the CTEP member can set his or her own schedule within the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with great flexibility. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required due to special youth programming, screenings, or events.

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 3rdFridays 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

The CTEP member serves a diverse group of youth ages 11-18 and works in collaboration with CTV's Youth Media Coordinator on media literacy, video production, and animation programs for teens, including: CreaTV, Summers @ The Station, Young Lenses: Girls In-Focus and Boys In-Focus, Mobile Workshops, interactive field trips to the station, a monthly community-building Game Night event, and the Teen Internship Program for high school students. In addition to assisting with these programs, the CTEP member will serve as the primary facilitator for technology literacy programming for both teens and adults. More information on our programs can be found at www.ctvnorthsuburbs.org/teens.

The CTEP member responsibilities will be to:

  • Help plan and facilitate activities that enhance students' understanding of the production process and increase media literacy skills.
  • Build relationships with the youth they serve and help youth to express themselves in meaningful and creative ways using technology.
  • Build on a job-readiness workshop for youth that incorporates the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards and lead a similar program tailored to adult producers.
  • Perform outreach to individuals and youth-focused organizations in order to increase the visibility of CTV's youth programming, including school visits and off-site media workshops.
  • Attend monthly TCYMN meetings (Wednesday mornings) with the Youth Media Coordinator in order to connect CTV youth with opportunities in the Twin Cities Metro Area that will enhance their media skills and promote civic engagement.

The CTEP member must have strong interpersonal skills and a high level of cultural competency. Less important but helpful skills: an understanding of video production, animation, and the Adobe Creative Cloud; B.A. in Media Production, Communications, or comparable field; experience performing outreach to youth in new immigrant communities.

The member will also coordinate the CTV Teens In Focus newsletter, the Teen Leadership Committee, and opportunities for youth to volunteer throughout the organization alongside CTV staff and volunteers in other productions such as shooting in the studio for shows such as Disability Viewpoints, filming or announcing for sports games and other community events, or anchoring for our weekly community news show.

Site Environment

CTV North Suburbs has been operating since 1991, but has only been offering regular youth programming since the autumn of 2011, when the Youth Media Department was established. In the same year, we moved into our new facility, which includes a studio and control room, two edit suites, and a small fleet of Youth Media laptops that reside in our Education Lab. Teens is a quickly-growing series of programs developed and facilitated by the Youth Media Coordinator, the CTEP AmeriCorps member, and academic year/seasonal part-time teen employees.

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, 651.298.8918

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.