Press Pass TV is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that engages local youth through advocacy journalism, media and art. Founded in 2004 by Gabriel Mugar, who worked in the Boston Public School system at the time, Press Pass TV started as a volunteer-based after school program and has grown into an award-winning organization running a variety of programs that aim to offer creative outlets for self-affirmation, teach life sustaining skills and empower communities with the resilience to thrive. “Here at Press Pass TV we see ourselves as a resource for the community to get their stories out and voice their issues to a broader audience.” explains co-director Cara Powers.
The organization works with Massachusetts youth, primarily in low-income neighborhoods of Boston, to produce videos that explore underrepresented social justice issues. They engage students, ranging in age from Middle School through College, and work with them through all aspects of media and video production, in addition to producing creative work involving spoken word, photography and animation, among others. They also seek to create economic opportunity by teaching them professional skills in media production, and this includes the possibility of offering them paid employment.
Some of the accolades they have received include the United Nations Universal Forum of Cultures Foundation Award, Harvard’s Harbus Award for Excellence in Journalism and Education, and a State of Massachusetts Citation for Contribution in Youth Development. Currently, they are on the Inaugural Steering Committee for the Participatory Budgeting Project, where youth will work and decide how to spend $1 million dollars of civic funding to improve the city of Boston.
This week on the blog, we’re sharing with you some of the work they’ve done over the years dealing with a variety of social, cultural, artistic and political issues.