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Did you know that not maintaining good mental hygiene could have an impact on your physical health? Researchers have found that people with depression are almost 40% more likely to develop illnesses like psoriatic arthritis, and other studies have linked mental disorders to conditions such as strokes and diabetes. So, what can you do to better your situation? Ask yourself what you’re feeling and write things down, grab a coloring book and fill it with colors, read a few stories, reach out to a friend to go for a walk, exercise, or watch tv (maybe even the Youth Channel). Join Youth Producers for a week of special programming on physical and mental health.

The Youth Channel airs programming every weeknight from 6-7pm on MNN4 (FiOS 36, RCN 85, Spectrum 67 & 1998) and MNNHD (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 21 (Youth Channel)

Monday, July 15th | 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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Queer Justice

Tuesday, July 16th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Queer Justice Episode 1: highlights “How to be a Queer Ally?” and how one’s life is changed by either acceptance or rejection. We will be covering the various social epidemics LGBTQ individuals face as a result of dealing with rejection, cultural biases, homelessness, suicide, conversion therapy, discrimination, violence, and more. For our interview segment, we will be talking to Sergio Osoria, a Latinx, gay Dominican man who works as a Peer Recruiter at Project STAY.

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The Cycle

Wednesday, July 17th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Cycle is a Youth Channel curated documentary based on Individual Liberties. Defined by Dictionary.com Individual Liberty means “the liberty of an individual to exercise freely those rights generally accepted as being outside of governmental control.” Under The Cycle, we will discuss Police Harassment/Brutality, School to Prison Pipeline and Civil Rights.

The Cycle was produced during the Summer 2016 Internship Program.

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We’re Okay

Thursday, July 18th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

A fantasy drama about teen depression and sexuality. Delilah has decided to kill herself on her 18 birthday, but her friend Lena surprises her with a birthday party. We see how Delilah is truly feeling in her stop-motion animated circus world mind.

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Night Cap - Episode 3

Friday, July 19th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Did you know that November is diabetes awareness month? On episode 3 of NIGHTCAP, the alarm is being sounded on the silent killer that affects nearly 30 million people. To help ring the alarm is Aisha Smith, founder of Save Our Sexy S.O.S., a nonprofit agency that seeks to raise diabetes awareness. 

Aisha just appeared on ABC’s Here and Now. The show closes with a special performance from powerhouse singer Khaya who was a former contestant on the X factor.