Applications are now open for Minneapolis high school students until spots are filled.

Are you interested in getting paid to learn new media production, TV, and storytelling skills? Use your voice to tell local stories that are important to you! If you’re looking for real-world career training, register for RYSE MPLS Summer Media Camp today.

RYSE MPLS (Representing Youth Stories and Experiences in Minneapolis) 2024 Summer Media Camp is a free 2-week program for high school students interested in media production, TV, and storytelling in July and August. RYSE provides teens with an immersive creative and career development opportunity and the tools to develop short stories they are passionate about. Participants will collaborate with their peers, local media professionals and community partners to bring an impactful story to life, ready for the big screen and TV!

RYSE MPLS Story Lab is offered across two cohorts. Choose one of the following:  

  • JULY COHORT: July 8th - July 19th
    Monday - Friday daily from 11AM - 4PM
    + Screening event on Tuesday July 23rd from 5PM - 7PM

  • AUGUST COHORT: August 12th - August 23rd
    Monday - Friday daily from 11AM - 4PM
    + Screening event on Tuesday August 27th from 5PM - 7PM

There are 16 total spots available across both Cohorts (8 participants per Cohort)


  • $300 stipends and daily lunch/snacks
  • Media career training in production, impactful storytelling, 4K cameras, audio, lighting, video editing and more 
  • Resume-building opportunities with media professionals and a finished product to use in your portfolio
  • SPEAK MPLS annual Storyteller membership (a $200 value) to advance your journey in media with access to production studios, media labs equipment and discounted classes

RYSE MPLS Story Lab was created for teens interested in working with a creative cohort of peers to develop impactful stories that explore local issues that matter to youth. Participants will develop strong leadership and organizational skills, and experience how teen voices can create change in our communities. Participants must attend all Monday - Friday sessions and the final screening event. 

  • Week 1 will include video production training, hands-on workshops, field trips, and community partner interviews where experienced media professionals and mentors guide participants in becoming experts in telling stories they are passionate about.
  • Week 2 will include video editing training, additional field trips to interviewing locations for capturing B-roll, and editing stories to be ready for the screening event the following week.
  • RYSE MPLS Story Lab will culminate in a special community screening event on the Tuesday following each Cohort. The series will also be featured on SPEAK MPLS TV’s family of channels on Comcast Xfinity in Minneapolis.

RYSE MPLS Story Lab is presented and powered by SPEAK MPLS.

Tell me more about the program!

  • RYSE MPLS programming will be held at SPEAK MPLS South located at 2429 Nicollet Avenue, Monday - Friday from 11AM - 4PM
  • As an immersive, daily program, all participants are required to attend all program days and the final screening event on the final Friday of the program. Exceptions must be approved in advance. 
  • All participants will receive a $300 stipend at the end of the program (based on program attendance)
  • Daily lunch and snacks will be provided 
  • Participants needing bus cards will be provided Metro Transit passes upon request

Who is encouraged to apply to the RYSE MPLS Summer Media Camp?

We recognize that youth have unique identities and experiences not always represented in media. While RYSE MPLS welcomes applications from any high schools student, those who identify as the following are encouraged to apply:

  • High school students enrolled in 9th-12th grade at Minneapolis Public Schools for the 2024-2025 academic year (current 8th grade and graduating 12th grade students will be considered)
  • Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students
  • English language learners
  • Students who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students experiencing homelessness

What were some topics past participants created stories about?

Past RYSE MPLS Summer Media Camp participants developed stories on the following topics:

  • Local small business features
  • Mental health and addiction
  • LGBTQ+ legislation
  • BIPOC representation in politics and activism
  • Public transportation and more


RYSE MPLS (Representing Youth Stories and Experiences in Minneapolis) is the youth media department at SPEAK MPLS committed to providing engaging educational opportunities and equitable storytelling in Minneapolis. RYSE MPLS hosts youth events, youth-led forums, summer media camps and after-school programs. RYSE MPLS’s goal is to empower youth to become experts in telling their own stories and amplify their voices about issues that matter the most to them.

SPEAK MPLS is a member-powered media center reimagining the future of media in Minneapolis. Activate community connections and creative opportunities with two studios, classes, and equipment. Amplify your voice on SPEAK MPLS TV- the home of Minneapolis public access TV channels 16, 17 (798 HD), and 75 on Comcast Xfinity. Stream online 24/7.

RYSE MPLS Story Lab Application

Applications are currently open and will be accepted until filled. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application within 3-5 business days after applying. We will set up brief phone interviews with students after reviewing applications. Please contact SPEAK MPLS with any questions, or if you need assistance completing the application at or 612-208-7215.