Coming Up on The Youth Channel: Rise Up

This week’s natural disasters and DACA announcement may have rattled the lives of thousands, but they can’t stop people from coming together to lift each other up. Next week on the Youth Channel, watch programming featuring brave young people who are questioning the way things have always been done and paving the way for new beginnings.  

Watch “YC Power Hour” for a look at trending news stories, “Girls Empowered” and “NIGHTCAP” for an analysis of women and LGBT youth in media, “Basic Field Summer 2017 Compilation” for a youth perspective on NYC issues and “Is Justice an Anomaly” for a critical discussion on policing.

The Youth Channel airs programming every weeknight from 6-7pm on MNN 4 (FiOS 36, RCN 85, Spectrum 67 & 1998) and MNN HD (Spectrum 1993). To learn about MNN’s Youth Media Center and the work they produce, click here.

Check out the upcoming schedule below:

Monday, September 11

YC Power Hour

The YC Power Hour is a weekly youth driven program that covers news, entertainment, and current trends within NYC and the world while maintaining a light hearted tone.

Tuesday, September 12

Girls Empowered

On this episode of Girls Empowered, Host Naomi, Veanne and Nany discuss pop icon Priyanka Chopra, the portrayal of women in hip-hop and hair. Plus, Daniela Esamilla brings us an exclusive interview with Monica Abrego, a Mexican opera singer who runs a nonprofit organization dedicated to the youth in East Harlem. Finally, youth producer Taty will be demonstrating 3 hairstyles to keep you cool in our segment ‘Let’s Untangle with Taty!’

Wednesday, September 13

Basic Field Summer 2017 Compilation

The Word   

Slang is is more than just street talk that is used by youth and people communities of color. All communities have their own form of slang that builds a sense of camaraderie and has even become an extension of the English language. We spoke to youth and representatives of the Fresh Youth Initiatives program to find out their views on slang.

Overlooked: Homeless Youth in NYC  

Homeless youth are often overlooked in New York City, especially in a time where LGBTQ youth are often left out of their own homes despite their bravery. There are over 61 thousand homeless people including 15 thousand homeless families and about 23 thousand homeless children in New York City. This is our youth and our culture, now is the time to work together to end youth homelessness.


Poverty is not a crime. However, this project will tell the ongoing story of the many New Yorkers that struggle to make it onto the subway at all. The story that is attached to New York City’s problematic, yet vital transit system is one of economics, poverty, race, and policing.

Thursday, September 14

Is Justice an Anomaly?

A student produced documentary about the impact of policing practices on the communities in which our students live. Produced in collaboration with our students, ELA teachers, The Educational Video Center, and The Media Spot - with an emphasis on using digital media and technology and media literacy education to activate student voice through authentic, project-based learning.

Friday, September 15


NIGHTCAP has its first roundtable discussion about LGBT representation in television with gay rapper Archie Hollywood and transgender woman Tiffany Berutti. Find out what they think about reality TV producer Mona Scott and her gay plot in “Love and Hip-Hop;” the double-standard between gay and heterosexual sex scenes on “Empire;” and the handling of the transgender role on “Orange is the New Black.” Then we end the show with a performance by rapper Cruzer Santana.