In an effort to provide high-quality skills training and workforce development, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) has partnered with Second Chance Studios, a social enterprise that unlocks the potential of returning citizens by providing access to quality careers in the media industry. This 10-week partnership is part of Second Chance Studios' innovative workforce development program, the Digital Media Fellowship, and offers training in podcast production, audio editing, documentary production, cinematography, capturing sound in the field, and video editing. 

A video about Second Chance Studios, produced by Second Chance Studios Fellows.


Fellows hit the ground running from day one of the program. Bryan Simmons, a current participant shared his excitement, saying  “I was introduced to operating podcast equipment yesterday. [We are] practicing recording and producing our own podcast shows. I have fallen in love with the art of storytelling and I am optimistic about what is beyond training.” SCS Fellow Mychal Pagan shared, “I wasn’t just an inmate; I was a student. My life changed when I discovered the power of language. ”

4 Second Chance Studios Fellows sit around a table recording a podcast.
SCS Fellows learn valuable production skills, including podcasting.
L-R: Bryan Simmons-Scie, Miles Carter, Celeste Greatness, Mychal Pagan
Photo courtesy of Bryan Simmons-Scie

As part of their six-month Fellowship program, SCS offers paid, holistic training for media careers, including mentorship and soft skills, along with the hands-on production training provided by MNN. Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will be equipped with the tools they need to pursue a successful career in media production – and beyond. “At MNN we are always looking for ways to use our program as a force for good – and this partnership is no exception,” said Tiffany Blount, MNN's Director of Media Education. “We are proud to team up with Second Chance Studios and provide returning citizens with access to quality training that can lead them on the path towards success.”