Coming Up on the Youth Channel: Balancing Work and Play

With so much turmoil in the news each day, it can be difficult to remember that good people are out there. Next week on the Youth Channel, tune in to programming featuring youth who want to make the world a better place and have some fun along the way.

Watch “The Spotlight,” “Girls Empowered,” and “NightCap for a look at issues surrounding human rights, gender inequality and the juvenile justice system. Tune in to “State of Mind” to learn how to have a fun and safe spring break and “In the Heights” documentary for a behind the scenes look at the Tony award-winning production.

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

Check out the upcoming schedule below:

Monday, March 20

The Spotlight, episode 2

On this episode, David and Ebony will discuss human rights. They will talk about the effects on the LGBTQ community and other minorities when their rights are violated including police brutality, racial profiling and economic inequality. You won't believe what happens that catches David's eyes and ears.

Tuesday, March 21

State of Mind: Spring Break

Spring Break: that wonderful time of the academic year when college students all across America put aside their textbooks in exchange for bathing suits, bikinis and body oil! If you are a college student, you are probably already counting down the days to sun, surf and sand. But believe it or not, the key to a successful spring break is not just about showing up and throwing up.

Having a successful spring break requires a little preparation and a lot of common sense. Host and Producer, Krishna C. Nadella, speaks with Austin Shelly, Penn State junior, about preparing and surviving the most wonderful time of the year in a college student's life!

Wednesday, March 22

Girls Empowered

Girls Empowered is a show that aims to create conversations about the challenges that women face in a patriarchal society. Today we will be discussing the very prominent issue of gender income inequality and discover why although many women work hard and excel in many of the fields that males dominate, there are still gaps between men and women’s income.

Thursday, March 23

In The Heights Documentary

SBISD high schools - Spring Woods, Stratford, Memorial, Northbrook, and Westchester- joined forces to produce Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights". This short documentary captures some of the struggles of the process and how the cast and crew were able to reap the rewards. This an All-American High School Film Festival award-winning production.

NightCap: The Juvenile Justice System

Friday, March 24

If you have had a few nightcaps with us, then you all know that most of our topics thus far have been focused on all of the college woes. However, many of our teens are facing far greater problems.

In the wake of unconstitutional practices such as Stop and Frisk and police using excessive force, the faces of our youth are at risk of being slammed against the concrete or the hood of a car on any given day. So, on this episode of NightCap, criminal justice professional Janet Garcia-Hallett shares facts about the rights of teens and some of the things they and their parents can do if they ever come in contact with the juvenile justice system. The show ends with the poignant prose of spoken word artist Penda Smith.