About MTN Youth Media
Since 1987 MTN has provided television production and media literacy training for young people in grades six through twelve. Our youth media programs provide students the freedom to find and express their own voice using the tools of video and the critical skills necessary to use that voice responsibly in community.
MTN's vision in providing youth media centers on building the capacity of young people to embrace lifelong learning. At the core of all of our work are the concepts of freedom of expression and media literacy. Students learn media production tools to help them be active citizens empowered to critique the media rather than be manipulated by it.
MTN develops youth media programs with teachers and other youth workers and carries them out collaboratively. It also offers video production classes so teachers can improve their skills, and production equipment that can be checked out or used in house. In the past, teachers have taken MTN classes and then used the equipment in their classrooms or brought students into MTN's studios to do production work. There is a small fee for the classes, and teachers must keep their MTN membership current to continue using MTN facilities.
To find out more about these opportunities, teachers are encouraged to take the Free MTN Orientation.
MTN can work with schools and other organizations to develop media programs for youth, but there is a fee for this. One example of this is MTN's collaboration with the South High Voices class, which began in 1989. MTN staff work with teachers at South for a year-long production program that is integrated into a Social Studies/English class.
MTN is happy to set up free short field trips where youth and their teachers visit MTN's Studio in St. Anthony Main. These field trips include a quick introduction to studio equipment, and students work to create a short talk show under the guidance of MTN staff.
This year MTN is holding media camps for youth in the summer. Find out more about these camps.
MTN is a proud member of the Twin Cities Youth Media Network (TCYMN).
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