Press Pass TV educates, employs and empowers youth from all backgrounds through media education, production, and character development. In their Network(ed) program they partner with an incredible array of teaching artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to bring photography, video, design, music and dance programming to schools and organizations. Through the Media Leadership Institute (MLI), they provide youth with intensive character development workshops and paid opportunities to tell the stories of their communities as well as take on higher paid clients as they increase their skills.
On Tuesday, May 5th, Press Pass will be presenting at the 12th annual Social Innovation Showcase as a 2015 cohort member of the Social Innovation Forum. After being selected as finalists on two social issue tracks, Press Pass won the “Pathways to Education, Employment and Training for Opportunity Youth” track, sponsored by the State Street Foundation. In addition to this exciting opportunity to present their unique business model to over 300 impact investors, potential clients, volunteers and board members, Press Pass was also selected to join the portfolio of Technology Underwriting Greater Good (T.U.G.G.). T.U.G.G. pulls together New England’s best entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and service providers to raise money and put philanthropic support behind New England’s best new nonprofits. After competing at the 9th Annual Wine and Tequila Party, where organizations that work in entrepreneurship, education and life services for youth compete for unrestricted grants, Press Pass was awarded $10,000 dollars to support their year-round training program, the MLI and general operations support.
In addition to all of these new ventures in the philanthropic community, Press Pass has also moved! The organization is now a part of the ArtRox Hub, and curates a space with partners from Discover Roxbury and the Future Boston Alliance. You can find these organizations, rental units and the shared workspace in the geographical center of Boston, right in Dudley Square across from the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, the new Boston Public School headquarters. This Boston based nonprofit now provides programming around New England. In addition to the programming found in the Greater Boston area, Worcester and Holyoke, Press Pass now offer programming in collaboration with Unified Solutions and the Salvation Army in Providence, Rhode Island. Lastly, for the first time ever, Press Pass TV has partnered with Resilient Coders for a joint video production and coding incubator this summer. For more information on events, how to get involved or to bring their networking of possibilities to a school or institution near you, go to www.presspasstv.org or email Reggie Williams, Community Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.