"Positive Youth Project" Premieres on BNN TV

Positive Youth Project

The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School presents the"Positive Youth Project" television series on Boston Neighborhood Network.  The new BNN series offers positive profiles of Greater Boston youth.

Founded by Dr. Roger F. Harris, Ph.D. CEO and President of the Boston Renaissance Foundation, the Positive Youth Project (PYP) is a new series profiling organizations working with youth in a variety of positive and productive ways throughout Greater Boston.  

The Positive Youth Project will cablecast on BNN’s News and Information Channel [Comcast 9 | RCN 15] Mondays at 4:00PM beginning October 29th.

Every episode provides an intimate look at how each organization engages, challenges, and develops youth to become productive members of society by mentoring them through their passion for dance, sports, theatre, music, and history.

Sponsored by the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (BRCPS) and produced by Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN), the Positive Youth Project was conceived to counter the negative stereotypes of urban youth and to highlight the positive young people who may otherwise be overlooked by mainstream media.


Dr. Harris explains, “It’s really quite simple. Too often media images of urban youth of color are negative. To contrast those images, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School’s Positive Youth Project provides a media platform that highlights and supports young people who are engaged in positive behaviors.”


Each member profiled within their respective organization enthusiastically and candidly shares the impact their participation is having on their personal life. The adult mentors provide insight into the methods used to prepare these young people to be successful for the rest of their lives.

“This program shatters the stereotype that today’s youth are only violent or engaged in negative behavior,” added BNN General Manager, Curtis Henderson. “If you want to see young people engaged in productive activities, tune-in to the Positive Youth Project on BNN.”

The organizations profiled include OrigiNation, Inc. empowering youth through dance, performance, educational and cultural arts from its Egleston Square location; Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts’ Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development at Northeastern University teaches boys what it means to become a man; Boston Showstoppers AAU Girls Basketball Championship program uses basketball to build confidence and self-esteem; Cheryl Watson-Harris & Edwin Pabon’s El Salsero Dance Troupe at the Maurice J. Tobin School in Mission Hill use Salsa to teach discipline and positive self-esteem. The Voices of Renaissance Choir at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School in Hyde Park uses music to develop leadership skills, raise self-esteem, create global awareness, integrity, and responsibility for one’s community.

The Positive Youth Project series repeat schedule is Wednesdays at 11AM, Fridays at 7PM, Saturdays at 8AM and Sundays at 7:30PM. Viewers are also able to enjoy Positive Youth Project episodes over the internet through www.bnntv.org video on-demand (VOD).

Download The Positive Youth Project Press Release


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