Coming Up on the Youth Channel: A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

Millions of people call America home, yet we all experience life in this country in different ways. Next week on the Youth Channel, tune in to programming that showcases people from all walks of life who share what it’s like to be in their shoes.

Watch “Gender Benderz,” “State of Mind” and the Youth Media Center spring projects to learn what life is like for people of different backgrounds and identities. At the end of the week, tune in to the documentary “From Closed to Open” about teen parents who put their child up for adoption and “NightCap” for a throwback to the holiday season.

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, May 15

Gender Benderz

Gender Benderz seeks to open up a dialogue for people who are bending the gender rules, giving them room to explore, question, and affirm their identity. This week, hear from Lawrence Tantay, a LGBTQI Health Equity Specialist at the Center for Health Equity and Maxx, a Staten Island NYC Teen Connection Youth Leader for the NYC Health Department.

Tuesday, May 16

State of Mind: Muslims in America

In light of President Trump's overturned Executive Order 1379, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” many Muslims continue to wonder if America is still "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."

Combined with the fallout of 9/11 and the subsequent invasion of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 21st Century has seen a rise in Islamophobia. But what is Islam and what does it mean to be a Muslim in America? Join Host and Producer, Krishna C. Nadella, as he speaks with Zico Khayat, Penn State senior, on his perspectives as an American-born Muslim student.

Wednesday, May 17

Youth Media Center Spring Projects

Undocumented Motherhood

In a time of anti-immigrant violent rhetoric, Dulce Martinez shares her story growing up undocumented in a country where she was not welcomed but made sure to continue striving for herself and her children.

Revolution Fitness

Health takes on different meanings and Revolutionary Fitness, we believe in change in the body is the first step to real transformation. Together we learn that the revolution starts within.

El Barrio Life

Capturing the true essence of what El Barrio life is important in a community that has undergone many changes. This community has been home to many migration waves. El Barrio Life is a montage that commemorates this beautiful community!

Thursday, May 18

From Closed to Open

This All-American High School Film Festival documentary follows the story of two teen parents who opted to give their daughter up for adoption, but chose to remain a staple in her life.

Friday, May 19


We’re throwing it back with a holiday episode of NightCap featuring  journalist and blogger Ashley Jimenez who shares the pros and cons of online dating. Then, songwriter and producer Venor (a.k.a Mr. R&B) donned his guitar to grace us with a Christmas cover and an original song.