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Summer Youth Employment Program Students Graduate from El Barrio Firehouse Training Program

Classes, Community Media, Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, MNN Youth Channel, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

When the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program participants walked into the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center on July 7, Director Iris Morales told them they “would be transformed” by their six-week experience. Last Thursday, the truth of these words came to light, when the students screened their final video projects and graduated as certified producers.

“We are thrilled to train the next generation of media makers,” says MNN CEO and President Dan Coughlin. “MNN has always been dedicated to educating young people on media equipment, teamwork, critical thinking and creativity."

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a citywide initiative that connects youth between the ages of 14-24 with meaningful, paid summer employment opportunities. El Barrio Firehouse serves as a host site, offering hands-on specialized training in field and studio production as well as expert workshops and roles in local advocacy events, like this year's NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit. The Firehouse’s...

YC Spotlight: Legendary DJs Help Revitalize NYC Street Culture with Summer Park Jams

Community Media, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, MNN Youth Channel, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

Welcome to our very first installment of "YC Spotlight," a new weekly blog series dedicated to highlighting the innovative, dynamic media produced by talented young people at MNN's Youth Channel.

Our first featured video offers an authentic flavor from NYC's summer scene: the popular Park Jams held by Tools of War, a grassroots hip-hop collective. According to organizers, park jams used to be a common offering across a wide array of city parks on summer weekends.

Find out why the gatherings have dwindled in recent years, and what's being done to bring hip-hop back to its roots-- the city's streets, sidewalks and blocks on hot summer days. The video features an interview with New York Times journalist David Gonzalez about park jams in the 70s, and how street culture in general has changed since then.

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Clip of the Week: "Space Violence"

Clip of the Week, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, MNN Youth Channel, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

We are SO impressed with the Youth Channel producers at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center! The media they're creating is critical, hard-hitting and change-making. Case in point: "Space Violence," which we're featuring as today's Clip of the Week.

The piece examines gentrification in urban neighborhoods, asking, "Have you ever considered gentrification as a form of violence against our communities?" The video presents footage from an event recently held in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn by the Safe Outside The System Collective in which participants spoke about this issue as it relates to police brutality. The group also discussed how to stay safe without calling the NYPD.

Watch this provocative clip and tell us what you think.