Since 2009, Peers Partnership has become a second family to me. The non-profit movie company has produced and distributed PSA’s and movies in New York and across the country on PBS to influence our youth and warn them regarding the dancers of drugs, alcoholism, and bullying. Peers Partnership has received several Bronze Telly Awards as it approaches its 25th year anniversary.

In that time frame, I have had several different roles producing segments, conducting sit-down interviews, distributing films, and acting in over five 60 minute documentary/dramas. Through Their Eyes (2010), Take It Or Leave It (2011), Fine Lines (2012), High School: A Survivor’s Manual (2013), and recently Chasing Life (2017) are simply memories that will forever last with me as we are achieving our goal by saving lives and impacting our youth.

Please come join us for our 25th anniversary of Peers Partnership, and the premiere of “Robin’s Nest.” The event will be held at The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, New York on May 19, 2018. It is simply a reunion you don’t want to miss!

For more information, please visit peerspartnership.org. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com

Our new Peers Partnership movie, “Chasing Life,” premiered last month (April 28). The documentary included different segments that centered around drug abuse.

I interviewed Joseph Davis, Youth Substance Use Engagement Specialist of the NYS OASAS at the Center, who spoke to me about his position at the ClubHouse and what they offer as a way to guide our youth.

It’s been almost two years since I’ve updated my headshots. This new photo represents a new mature and raw look into my life after college. It’s that in between stage where you’re still trying to figure out yourself while you continue to chase your dreams.

Special thanks to J Dice for the new headshot.

A soundbite from our latest interview with the Club House has been uploaded via YouTube.

We sat with Joseph Davis, Youth Substance Use Engagement Specialist, who spoke to me about the OASAS funded Club House at the LGBT Center in New York City. Today, he works with many people by helping them manage their life through support and guidance.

Additional soundbites will be added in the upcoming weeks.

Peers Partnership is filming a new documentary, titled “Chasing Life.” The new documentary will feature a handful of different interviews, focusing on recovery.

I sat with Joseph Davis, Youth Substance Use Engagement Specialist, who spoke to me about the OASAS funded Club House at the LGBT Center in New York City. Today, he works with many people by helping them manage their life through support and guidance.

A short preview of our interview is coming soon.

For more information about The Center, head over to their website.

Chasing Life (interview)

Last year, I attended the photoshoot in New York City for the NOH8 Campaign. I was really happy with their message and the impact that this organization has created across the world.

In April, the NOH8 Campaign created another event in Hartford, Connecticut.

The NOH8 Campaign was created for purposes of human equality. The NOH8 Campaign was a direct response to the passage of Prop 8 and today has grown to stand against discrimination in general.

Here’s my statement.

“You can’t deny the heart from what it wants.”

NOH8 Campaign (2015)

For more information: http://www.noh8campaign.com

Bridegroom is a documentary about an emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom. The documentary focuses on their childhood, their relationship and the tragic accident that ended their six year relationship.

If anything, Bridegroom informs society of how people without the legal protection of marriage can find themselves shut from their legal rights. It’s a fight for equality. “It’s not a gay thing. It’s not a straight thing. It’s a human thing.”

In April of 2015, Shane Bitney Crone and I spoke about “It Could Happen to You,” conversion therapy and the recent discrimination against the LGBT community in Indiana.

I heard about the NOH8 Campaign two years ago and I wanted to get involved with the organization.

The NOH8 Campaign has created multiple events and their team traveled to New York City on May 17th, where hundreds of people attended the photoshoot. The campaign was created for purposes of human equality. The NOH8 Campaign was a direct response to the passage of Prop 8 and today has grown to stand against discrimination in general.

Here’s my statement.

“You don’t have to agree with who I love, but understand that my love isn’t any different from yours.”

Mike Masi (NOH8 Campaign)

For more information: http://www.noh8campaign.com

This month I went to Time Square, New York to update my headshots. As a college student, I want these photos to define my personality, my love for the city and the steps I’m taking towards my career.

The photos below were taken by photographer, Jenna Andrews. For more information on Andrews work, visit her portfolio website.

Mike Masi, along with his peers from Mercy College express their feelings of “hate” and how it can be erased.

The erasing hate video includes footage from Peers Influence Peers Partnership “What We Worry About” (2011) and “High School: A Survivor’s Manual” (2013).