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Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (Youth Media)

Partner AgencySaint Paul Neighborhood Network
Location(s)550 Vandalia Street, Suite 170, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114 
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Nicola Pine, Youth Programs 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.

Our Youth Programs Department provides media programs for youth most affected by the digital divide - new immigrants, low income youth, youth of color, and youth from other marginalized communities.  We seek to increase dialogue, exploration of issues, and community involvement through the production of creative and insightful media.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

General work hours are 9:30AM-5:30PM Monday-Thursday.  These hours are flexible depending on scheduling of youth programs.

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 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

1. Work with Youth Programs Coordinator to recruit, instruct, and mentor youth in Set it Up - SPNN’s afterschool youth media program for a diverse group of high school aged youth from throughout Saint Paul.

2. Support youth and alumni active at SPNN with opportunities to give feedback on programs, assist with outreach and distribution, and develop leadership as media-makers.

3. Help build capacity within SPNN Youth Programs through curriculum development, in-kind support, website maintenance, increasing accessibility, integrating web 2.0 tools, and continuing community outreach (member may choose from these areas of focus).

Unique Qualifications Sought

Previous experience in assisting youth with video production

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 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,, 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.