MNN's certification classes are only open to Manhattan residents or to individuals sponsored by Manhattan-based non-profits.

MNN pProof of residency information can be submitted in-person at our 59th Street or El Barrio Firehouse by appointment only. 

Contact the Media Education department to schedule an appointment.

Satisfactory verification consists of valid government-issued photo identification with a Manhattan address, including:

  • State-issued Driver’s License

  • State-issued Photo ID card

  • IDNYC card

  • City/State-issued Welfare, Medicaid, or Benefit Assistance card w/photo and address

If your photo ID does not show a current Manhattan address, please provide proof of residency from the list below:

  • Cable bill

  • Gas bill

  • Electric bill

  • Telephone bill (Landline)

  • Monthly Bank Statement

  • Cell phone monthly billing statement

  • Credit card monthly billing statement

  • Health insurance monthly billing statement

  • Student loan monthly billing statement

  • Employment/unemployment pay stub

  • Medicare/Social Security Monthly Statement

  • Rent billing statement

  • Current tax return

  • Retirement plan statement

If you are taking media education classes on behalf of a Manhattan-based non-profit organization, you will need to submit the following items for verification:

  • Letter (on letterhead) from the Director or Manager of the non-profit stating your affiliation with the organization and mission-based programming you aim to produce

  • Copy of the 501(c)3 Status Letter

COVID-19 Notice: Our 59th street and El Barrio Firehouse facilities are closed. We are currently offering online workshops and classes. Please follow us on social media or join our mailing list for updates.

Please note: If you take media education classes and become a certified community producer on behalf of a Manhattan-based non-profit, you can only create, produce and/or edit programming on behalf of that non-profit organization.

Orientation certification is valid for two years from the date of attendance. Failure to enroll in courses will result in retaking the Orientation workshop.