News - MNN Youth Channel
Welcome to the third installment of Clip of the Week, our new blog series that highlights exciting new videos created by MNN’s diverse cast of producers and hosts.
This week we bring you En Alerta, a program created and hosted by Yan Carlos Mejia, a talented aspiring journalist from Washington Heights who got his start on MNN’s Youth Channel . In this clip , Mejia has scored a major interview with Pedro Julio Serrano, a well-known and award-winning activist in the gay community who is Communications Manager for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and who served on the advisory board for the Puerto Rico chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Watch the clip to see Serrano open his heart to Mejia about being...
Story and Photo by: Don Rojas
It was an evening filled with youthful exuberance, hope, and promise. Fifteen excited young people from around the City of New York had gathered on mid-summer's eve at MNN’s new, cutting-edge Firehouse media center in the heart of Spanish Harlem on 104th Street.
With friends and family in the audience, they celebrated the first-ever screening of youth produced mini documentaries at the media center, also known as the ‘Old Firehouse’.
“This training program helped us to develop our skills as media makers and critical thinkers,” said 18-year-old Batala Aristide, one of the young participants. “We learned to use media like a hammer, shaping what we want our future to be, sharing our stories and making them accessible to members of our communities.”
They had been recruited into MNN’s summer training program for young filmmakers from Catholic Charities, and the Global Action Project, both of which had partnered with MNN in an initiative to empower youth through the creation of media.
The youth had been organized into three working groups to create short videos on compelling and even controversial themes such as homophobia in communities of color, sexism...
Don't miss out on MNN's new season of the Youth Channel The YC producers have been hard at work creating new programs at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse. The new season includes a special on the recent Stop and Frisk Protest Rally, interviews with Harlem artists, and lots more.