The Youth Media Center (YMC) develops 21st-century communicators and critical thinkers. The Youth Media Center provides free training in the technical, creative and social aspects of media making. Participants learn the fundamental skills of story development, framing and composition, camera and equipment operation, video editing as well as community and social justice issues. 

Basic Studio Production training teaches you the essentials of producing in-studio interviews and news shows. Learn the basics of the control room such as Chroma Key and Expressions. Basic Field Production teaches you the essentials of camera operation, editing and storytelling. Your final 3min-5min short will be featured in our network and social media platform.

Upon successful completion of certification classes, participants will become MNN Certified Community Producers, and are able to utilize MNN's facilities and equipment to produce independent content for broadcast on MNN’s Youth Channel.

Graduates may also enrol in advanced classes and are eligible to apply to the Youth Media Center's Internship program.

Our youth program is 10 weeks long and runs in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Email youtheducation@mnn.org or call (212) 757-260 x217 or x218 for more information about upcoming class sessions. All Youth Media Center classes are held at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center (175 East 104th Street).

NOTE: Before taking Youth classes at MNN, you first need to attend a Youth Event. All participants must be 14-21 years old.

Upcoming Youth Classes & Events

Youth Channel

Created by producers who are both powerful storytellers and active community leaders, Youth Channel programming constructs citywide narratives to offer an alternative to the stories found in mainstream media, and to galvanize viewers to participate in local efforts toward change. The YC production process is guided by the need for media that is timely, impactful, community-based and critical.

Watch YC programming Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm on MNN4 (TWC 67, RCN 85, FiOS 36 and streaming live).

Youth Channel Videos

Overdevelopment: The Underdeveloped Culture

YMC producers Jose, Micky, and Natalie explore overcrowding issues in East Harlem.

The Youth Channel is a production from Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Media Center. The YMC has a mission to develop 21st-century communicators and critical thinkers and provides New York City youth with high...

Democracy on ICE

YMC Producers, Alexis and Angel, take an in depth look into the dire effects that ICE raids are having on immigrant families living in the United States.

The Youth Channel is a production from Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Media Center. The YMC has a mission to develop 21st-century...

The Ugliness of Beauty Standards

YMC Producers Samiha, Rich, and Juan talk with New Yorker's about the apparent discrimination as it pertains to the true definition of beauty.

The Youth Channel is a production from Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Media Center. The YMC has a mission to develop 21st-century communicators and...