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Film North

Partner Agency: FilmNorth
Location(s): 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul 55114
Site Supervisor: Emily Downes, Youth Programs Manager

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

The youth program at FilmNorth has grown considerably in the past five years, expanding in-school residencies, after school programming and summer camps. Film North conducts 4-6 school residencies with youth from Minneapolis and St Paul schools each year. JuiceMedia, the after school program at FilmNorth, works primarily with youth from targeted St Paul schools. Partnering schools include Gordon Parks High School, Creative Arts Secondary School, Highland Park, Jennings Community School, Avalon, Como Park, Central, Johnson, Washington Tech, LEAP, and Wellstone International and Highland Park High Schools. Recruiting visits to these schools would be part of a CTEP members responsibilities.

FilmNorth's after school programming began in 2007 with Polar Producers, a FilmNorth program housed at North High School in Minneapolis. The program was awarded an Award of Excellence by the Minneapolis School Board in 2008. Changes at the school led to the after school program being moved to our facility on Unveristy Avenue where it is in its fourth year working with St Paul students. The films produced through the program have been screened at numerous film fests, broadcast locally on cable television and won awards. FilmNorth uses the Youth Program Quality Assessment to continue to seek improvements in our work with youth. That outside assessment has consistently ranked FilmNorth's after school program as a high quality program.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The schedule is flexible and will be developed in partnership with the selected member based on site needs and any constraints. We would like the CTEP Member to work an average of 35 hours per week, which would include some evening and weekend hours. Use of computers, internet, equipment, and training opportunities for students drops significantly in the evenings and on weekends, so we’d like the CTEP member to assist us in addressing these gaps.

Member's Specific Programming Responsibilities:

A CTEP member at FilmNorth would be working with 12-18 students three days a week through JuiceMedia, our after school program. Over the course of a school year the after school program works with around 45 students. A CTEP member would also be invovled with in-school residency work in Minneapolis and St Paul schools. Work with both the residencies and after school program involves assisting students as they create short films. Instructors work with students to develop a film idea, do pre-production planning, shoot the film and edit the project with a professional editing platform. Much of the organizational and planning work the students do involves professional correspondance and computer skills. The students in the program are employment aged-youth, primarily from SPPS high schools. The most important skill for this position is having the ability to work well with youth. Any skills involved in the filmmaking process (camera, editing, music, writing, graphics…) are preferred but not required. A CTEP member would be expected to learn the skills needed for the program on the job with the assistance of FilmNorth staff.

Site Environment:

FilmNorth has two classrooms and a dedicated youth classroom, an editing suite with eight computers and an array of film and video equipment. A CTEP member at FilmNorth would have a desk in our main office and access to a dedicated computer. Their work with youth would take place in our classrooms and computer edit suite as well as occassionally on location shoots. The program is highly student directed. A CTEP member working with JuiceMedia would need to be skilled at facilitating youth work--providing instruction and guidance to keep projects on track. Sometimes the youth work on highly personal stories. A resepectful and sensitive approach is essential. Use of computers, cameras and lighting equipement is part of the work. Expereince in those areas is preferred but not required.

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,, 651.298.8918

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.