Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., recently announced the investment of $45.9 million to create and construct five “Youth Opportunity Hubs,” a first-of-its-kind effort to knit together community-based providers and build new physical spaces for young people in target Manhattan neighborhoods; and an additional $12 million investment to help existing organizations specializing in family and youth development expand their capacity and develop innovative new services.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is providing these grants through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which District Attorney Vance created using criminal forfeiture funds obtained through the Office’s settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions.
As a Partner, MNN will work with Union Settlement, which was selected to develop Youth Opportunity Hubs in East Harlem. Other Union Settlement partners include El Museo del Barrio, Harlem RBI, Community Voices Heard, and more.
"MNN's Youth Media Center offers remarkable training and professional development opportunities for young people who are often shut out of the mainstream media narrative," said MNN's President & CEO Dan Coughlin. "We're thrilled to be named a partner in an initiative dedicated to investing in our city's next generation, and excited to partner with Union Settlement, which has a rich history of investing in the future of East Harlem."
Established in March 2000, Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Media Center (YMC) develops 21st Century communicators and participants in social justice.
The Youth Media Center offers Manhattan residents ages 16 to 24 free video production training, digital journalism internships and the opportunity to produce social justice focused media on important youth issues for MNN's award-winning Youth Channel, which airs weeknights from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on MNN4: TWC 67, RCN 85, FiOS 36, and streaming live on MNN.org.