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Hostos Community College’s Center for Bronx Nonprofits (CBNP) and BronxNet Television have partnered for a new television program aimed at informing the community about the nonprofit organizations that play such a crucial role in the daily lives of Bronxites.
Titled, Mission Bronx (BX), the monthly program is set to launch in September, and for the first time, Bronx residents will have a regular television program that keeps them informed about services offered by nonprofit organizations that enhance their quality of life. At the same time, the program will provide guidance to nonprofit managers, as they work to strengthen their organizations and overcome some of the challenges faced by so many nonprofits.
The program will air on BronxNet Channel 67 on Cablevision and BronxNet Channel 33 on Verizon FiOS. It will also be webcast at www.bronxnet.org. The premiere episode will be broadcast on Sunday, September 13, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. It will be re-aired on Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
BronxNet Executive Director Michael Max Knobbe said that aside from the information the show will offer, Mission BX will also launch important dialogues within the community.
“We are proud to partner with Hostos Community College and the Center for Bronx Nonprofits to produce this program that helps the public better understand and utilize the not-for-profits that serve them,” Knobbe said. “We’re producing content that will enable viewers to access information to help strengthen their families and communities. Mission BX will share best practices for not-for-profits while facilitating dialogue about public service.”
CBNP Executive Director and Mission BX host, Eileen Newman, said the program will expand the Center’s reach by providing information about services offered by nonprofit organizations in the Bronx and beyond.
“I am very excited to be hosting Mission BX,” Newman said. “This collaboration between BronxNet and the Center for Bronx Nonprofits at Hostos gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of nonprofits working in all sectors here in the Bronx. Nonprofit organizations are the heart of the community, providing needed services to everyone from children to senior citizens, Mission BX will introduce viewers to the hardworking, committed people who make up a significant part of the Bronx workforce.”
The CBNP’s mission is to support the Bronx community by strengthening Bronx Nonprofits across all sectors. Its work includes everything from helping organizations promote their work to specifically addressing ways to improve the lives of the Bronx’s homeless population. The Center also focuses on services that positively impact the quality of life of immigrants and artists in the borough.
Hostos Community College President David Gómez said he was equally excited about the powerful teaching potential of Mission BX.  
"We are very excited about this latest opportunity to serve the community at large through this innovative BronxNet program," Gómez said. "Mission Bronx represents an important teaching tool that takes Hostos outside the classroom and into the community to extend its reach in support of the crucial nonprofit organizations in our neighborhoods. We are proud of Eileen Newman and the Center for Bronx Nonprofits for continuing to expand the Center's footprint, as it searches for new and impactful ways to make the Bronx stronger."
Mission BX combines fast-paced, informative programing with new media that encourages viewers to think about nonprofits in a different light. The nonprofit organizations highlighted provide services ranging from cleaning up the Bronx River, providing food for the hungry, clothing and comforting those in need, improving access to healthy food, advocating for young people, and much more. Mission BX engages and connects nonprofits with their constituencies, and helps identify services of value to a broad Bronx audience. The program simultaneously offers information that helps nonprofits serve and work better.
BronxNet is the independent not-for-profit organization serving the people of the Bronx through the provision of media production training, access to technology and channels. BronxNet programs six channels – 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38 on the Verizon FiOS system and six channels – 67, 68, 69, 70, 951 and 952 – on the Cablevision Optimum system in the Bronx.
For media inquiries, please contact Rich Pietras, Hostos Communications Manager, at 718-518-6513 or rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.