The Hype TV Show is a Philadelphia-based, multi-pronged, peer-driven, positive youth development initiative that supports social-skills building among minority adolescents between the ages of 14 and 25. The initiative consists of a television show (the core of the program), a blog, positive youth development workshops, and internships for high school and college aged students.
The Hype focuses on subjects that inform, support and encourage the self-esteem, self-awareness and self-expression needed for success and leadership. The Hype is “TV for, by and about young women.” The hosts and guests on The Hype TV show, as well as the bloggers on our website, are young, predominantly African-American women from Philadelphia who serve as role models through their thoughtful, articulate conversations, poise and professionalism. Our show can be viewed on Philly CAM, Philadelphia’s public access channel on Comcast channel 66 & FIOS 29/30, YouTube, and on the cable network WMCN TV 69. We discuss health & wellness, lifestyles & relationships, fashion & beauty, current events and feature a self-help segment called “Fix Your Own Life.”
The Hype’s internship program is the third leg of our positive youth development model. Interns are recruited through partnerships with local colleges/universities, word-of-mouth referrals from past program participants, social media and radio advertisements, and internship placement programs. The program provides high school, college and graduate school students the opportunity to work in a professional setting in the fields of social media marketing, journalism and video production. Our interns are responsible for creating content for our website and YouTube Channel, conducting Hype Watch Party discussion groups and assisting with the overall production of The Hype TV Show.