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Living in the Big Apple is the dream of many across the world, but residing in such a big city has its cons. There could be issues with being surrounded by thousands of people on a daily basis that can have an impact on your daily decision making; from keeping up appearances by owning the hottest clothes and sneakers to spending time and money doing your makeup to look like the people on social media. There are more complicated issues like gentrification and rezoning to take into consideration. With rapidly growing rents and luxury building on the rise, you and your friends could find yourselves stressing out about your future housing. Join the Youth Channel for a week of special programming about social issues we are currently facing and how to overcome them.

The Youth Channel airs programming every weeknight from 6-7pm on MNN 4 (FiOS 36, RCN 85, Spectrum 67 & 1998) and MNN HD (Spectrum 1993). To learn about MNN’s Youth Media Center and the work they produce, click here.

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YC Power Hour - Episode 23 (Youth Channel)

Monday, August 19th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The YC Power Hour is a weekly potpourri youth creative youth-driven program. It covers news, entertainment, and current trends within NYC and the world while keeping a light-hearted down to earth tone.

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Girls Empowered - Episode 3

Tuesday, August 13th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Episode 3 of Girls Empowered is dedicated to the topic of Body Image and how having a negative body image can lead to eating disorders. We will discuss the impact that media has on body image, how companies perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards, how women and teens are disproportionately targeted by them, what some companies are doing to combat this, and what people can do to maintain body positivity.

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Basic Field Summer Compilation ‘19

Wednesday, August 20th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Ugliness of Beauty Standards:
YMC Producers: Samiha, Rich, and Juan
Synopsis: Our young producers talk with New Yorker's about the apparent discrimination as it pertains to the true definition of beauty.
Democracy of  Ice
YMC Producers: Alexis and Angel
Synopsis: An in-depth look into the dire effects that ICE raids are having on immigrant families living in the United States.
Overdevelopment: The Underdeveloped Culture
YMC Producers: Jose, Micky, and Natalie
Synopsis: YMC producers explore overcrowding issues in East Harlem.

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Painting the Town

Thursday, August 21st | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Is a documentary about graffiti artist revitalizing the city of Detroit through art. Detroit a once striving city now riddled with abandoned buildings. Silent factories and moderate employment opportunities. This documentary follows the artist who is working to bring the city of Detroit back as the new MECCA of graffiti. "Painting The Town: The Street Art of Detroit", Documentary by William Higbie, Detroit, MI

Winner of "Best Documentary" in 2018, All American High School Film Festival

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Night Cap - Episode 12

Friday, August 22nd | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

This NIGHTCAP Spotlight special features singer/songwriter Laura Rizzotto who describes her sound as "pop with a growl." Laura hails from the beautiful Rio De Janeiro where she got an auspicious start in music. At the age of 15, Laura struck her first record deal with Universal Music Brazil. Her debut album, “Made in Rio,” garnered her acclaim throughout Brazil and landed her the opportunity to open up for Demi Lovato. Tune in to hear Laura's journey from Brazil to the Big Apple. She will also be performing some of the tracks from her sophomore album, "Reason to Stay."