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Community TV Network's youth-run TV program, “Hard Cover,”is raising funds to build a new and improved production studio.
Mario Contreras
Chicago, Illinois
United States
5 Team Members

Our Story

Community TV Network’s goal is to furnish its on-site classroom as a production stage with full green screen capabilities

Community TV Network (CTVN) is a pioneer and leader in providing access to understanding and using digital media arts in underserved communities.

Each year, CTVN empowers 650 of the highest-risk low-income youth and children in Chicago to use digital media to express their experiences, identify and explore issues in their communities, and share their ideas to create a better future for themselves and their neighborhoods.

CTVN employs highly qualified, diverse and engaging young professionals from a variety of media fields and academic programs to direct this dynamic process in order to achieve the following:

  • Improve the educational success of high-risk students living in Chicago’s most marginalized communities.
  • Stimulate positive youth development by engaging them in meaningful, creative activities that employ cutting-edge technology.
  • Promote positive self-images among and about underrepresented youth.
  • Integrate media arts into school curricula where youth can use media literacy skills and production techniques to strengthen learning in interdisciplinary settings

Putting a green screen production stage in the onsite classroom is going to amp up our programming capabilities and create new opportunities for the youth who participate!

The Impact

With our new Hard Cover Studio, CTVN apprentices will:

  • Expand their creative vision to produce timely, relevant news content that engages other teens
  • Learn the most current technological innovations in the media industry
  • Be empowered to play a larger role in the media landscape through increased efficiency of production.
  • Produce news segments with higher production value that demonstrates their talent and skills


What We Need

Our new Hard Cover Studio will require:

  • Green screen
  • Roland V-4 Four Channel Video Mixer
  • Compact light kit
  • Microphones and Cables

What You Get

  • A DVD of the best of Hard Cover! 
  • A fashionable shirt with the CTVN Logo
  • A framed and signed photo of  CTVN's new studio
  • Virtual Handshake through our social media channels

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This campaign ended on May 21, 2012
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  • $5USD

    Apprentices keep CTVN fresh! For giving at this level, you will receive Street Cred from CTVN in the form of a virtual handshake on Facebook and our undying love and respect.

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  • $20USD
    Advanced Apprentice

    Advanced Apprentices help CTVN grow! For giving at this level, you will receive a Thank You in Hard Cover Credits, a Best of Hard Cover DVD, CTVN Button and all previous rewards.

    15 claimed
  • $50USD
    Hard Cover Intern

    Hard Cover Interns are the backbone of CTVN! For giving at this level, you will receive an on-air mention of your name on Hard Cover, a CTVN T-Shirt and all previous rewards.

    4 claimed
  • $100USD
    Old Schooler

    Old Schoolers maintain CTVN's legacy! For giving at this level, you will receive a Photo of our Youth Producers for your office, Your Name on a Plaque in the Production Suite and all previous rewards.

    2 claimed
  • $500USD

    Founders are the Big Shoulders that CTVN stands on! For giving at this level, you will receive Plaque for your office/home, we will let you Name the Production Suite, and all previous rewards.

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