Press Pass TV has evolved from humble beginnings to become a fixture in Boston's nonprofit ecosystem. They consistently provide innovative programming that not only aim to empower the youth they work with, but the entire community that surrounds them. Press Pass TV's ability to serve a dual purpose of empowering youth with valuable 21st century skills and providing a voice to under represented issues in the community makes them unique. Over the years I have been inspired to continue working with the organization after seeing students overcome challenging life situations and go on to college and take on the careers of their dreams. I have also been inspired by the countless gestures of gratitude I have personally received from students, parents, and community members at large regarding the work Press Pass TV does. I could not be more proud and excited by what Press Pass TV has done and for what the future holds.
After working closely with Press Pass TV for over the past year, I was very impressed to see not only their creativity in their work but also their passion and excitement in empowering youth. They have made a significant impact in the Boston community and I hope they continue to do so for many years to come.
I follow the activities of Press Pass TV and I am impressed at their active role in their Community as well as the Nation. They are youth empowered in a positive way and should serve as an example not just across the country but for all of us.
I have worked with Press Pass TV on two occasions and was impressed with their work and creativity both times. The last project was a 2 minute video capturing dreams and visions of young people. They had two weeks to did it and the product was amazing and their process was empowering for the youth who participated.
Beyond their creative and professional media production services, what makes Press Pass so impressive is that they are able to mentor and teach young people how to create media. They are a strong leadership and creative development organization. Models like Press Pass should be full resourced, so they can grow their already strong impact.
Most organizations that work on media and kids simply give kids the camera and tell them to make media. Without any explanation the youth often replicate the problematic sexist and racist content they see in the mainstream media. Press Pass TV does more than simply hand over equipment and hope for the best. Press Pass is focused on giving kids the curriculum to understand the media they see and the reasons for changing it. The result is media that is about the community but also about how to make it better. That plus added is critical to the success we see.
Been part of the Press Pass community whenever I get the chance to these past six months. From my first day working with people I'd never met and had little in common with, I still never felt uncomfortable, and being here allowed me to get to know some amazing people. I'd never worked in journalism before Press Pass, only narrative digital media, but PPTV made the learning experience easy and inspiring. The environment is laid back but still professional, full of smart, progressive individuals.
I have known of Press Pass TV for over four yeas now. They have been such a wonderful delight to my life. The Teens that they work with are forever a permanent impression on my heart and my soul. To walk into a space and see the level of professionalism from teens, that I rarely see from adults, is simply outstanding and worthy to be praised.