The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. helps low-income, urban youth hone their understanding of the social problems they face and use their talents and skills to create change in their own lives and in their communities. Working in Boston and Somerville, MA and Rochester, NY, TE employs youth ages 14 to 21 as the leaders of social change initiatives that positively influence the values and behaviors of their peers with the goal of lowering crime, violence, and self-destructive behaviors. Youth-led initiatives engage thousands of youth and adults in community improvement efforts each year and lend their voices and lived experience to the debate about policies that affect their lives. 

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Featured Stories

Arlene

Boston, MA

“When I was 17, a close friend was shot and killed. His death took a toll on me. I wasn't able to go back to school. I started showing up later and later. There was one place I got to on time everyday – my job at Teen Empowerment. I went because they reminded me that they were depending on me and that I was a powerful person doing important work. TE didn’t ask me to move past the incident, they helped me use my story to empower others to turn away from violence and retaliation. And, TE helped me find my way back to school, and supported me through it. Teen Empowerment taught me to have pride in myself and my community. I gained the skills and confidence to stand up for myself and my values. Now I’m a college graduate and still use the skills I got at TE everyday.”

John

Somerville, MA

I will never forget the first time I almost lost my life on the streets over gang territory. It seemed much simpler to deal with the streets than to go home and watch my single mother struggle to keep food on the table. It felt like I was in an endless loop of disaster. My community was a mess and so was I. Luckily, I found Teen Empowerment. Without TE, I would easily be in a gang, dead, or in prison. TE really affected the way I looked at things. My time and mind became occupied and I stopped running around in the streets. Before, I always felt like I’d be the next guy to get caught up in negative situations. But soon I became the next guy to stand out as a positive influence. Now, I’m 22 and working at TE to help younger youth in my community make a difference. There have been a lot of positive changes in my community because of TE. I am blessed to be a part of that change.

 

 

 

Je'Carl

Rochester, NY

After graduating from high school, I didn’t go straight to college and my life seemed motionless. No one would hire me and my neighborhood was not safe for me and my family. Then I got a job at Teen Empowerment and started not only earning money and learning new things, but educating others too. I became a performer, lyricist, and facilitator with opportunities to create hope and change in my community. Now I want to pursue a career in youth development and help bring TE to other Rochester teens.

News & Events

Roc TE Times – Fall eNewsletter

November 2017 In this edition... Quick links: Welcome Shalinda! Our newest TE staffmember TE Graduates! YO original song promotes Peace in the Summertime Spotlight on former Youth Organizer: Abby Soto YOs host Iraqi students Institutional impact:…

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Job Opportunity: Somerville Community Facilitator

The Center for Teen Empowerment Somerville Community Facilitator Job Description Click here for full job description and application guidelines Job Responsibilities: The Somerville Community Facilitator will work with the Director of Consulting and Training to develop…

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June Newsletter Highlights

What's the value of a youth job? Jobs keep teens safe, increase their chances of succeeding in school, and decrease their chances of joining a gang. But a job at Teen Empowerment can transform the lives…

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Job Opportunity: Boston Program Coordinator

The Center for Teen Empowerment Boston Program Coordinator Job Description Click here for full job description and application guidelines Job Responsibilities: The program coordinator position is multifaceted and instrumental to the success of our work. Program…

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Highlight’s From TE’s 25th Celebration

https://youtu.be/m3xya-XKZws More than 425 people, including current and former TE youth organizers, police, elected officials and supporters joined us March 30 in Boston to celebrate 25 Years of Impact and to honor our founder and executive…

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Check out this short video of The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.'s Somerville Youth Organizers as they rally with other Massachusetts youth in Boston at the I Have a Future rally for youth jobs.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Black History Month today at the Somerville Public Library (MA)-especially the local leaders of color (younger and older) who shared their stories of growing up in the Ville and their civic involvement! ... See MoreSee Less

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A special thanks to Representative @[1620729:2048:Mike Connolly], Representative @[791280161:2048:Christine Barber] and @[1344357580:2048:Leon David] for meeting with us.

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Check out our Boston youth and adult staff on today's #DreamsofourFuture rally! ... See MoreSee Less

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More pics from our day at the MA State House advocating for youth jobs and supports! Thanks to Christine Barber for State Representative and Leon David (State Representative Dan Cullinane) for meeting with us! ... See MoreSee Less

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Teen Empowerment invites you to a Community Dialogue on Racism between youth, adults, and Boston Police Department.

Equal part conversation to increase understanding of the impacts that structural racism has on our society and and action steps on how to get involved in dismantling this oppressive structure. Teen Empowerment continues to be inspired and motivated by the collective agency we hold as a community and our ability to contribute to making Boston a place where equity is actualized.


The dialogue is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNhaXsioDpcAucypGlfv5PBWCw4EAJfAWU94GsjUhrQB2NUw/viewform

To make this night transformational, we ask that participants be able to join us for the entire event. We need your help to reach out to youth, adults and employees of the Boston Police Department to attend and participate in this important night.

If you have any questions, you can email sheri@teenempowerment.org.
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Racism Talks, Together We Walk

February 28, 2018, 5:30pm - February 28, 2018, 7:30pm

Teen Empowerment invites you to a Community Dialogue on Racism between youth, adults, and Boston Police Department. Equal part conversation to increase understanding of the impacts that structural racism has on our society and and action steps on how to get involved in dismantling this oppressive structure. Teen Empowerment continues to be inspired and motivated by the collective agency we hold as a community and our ability to contribute to making Boston a place where equity is actualized. The dialogue is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNhaXsioDpcAucypGlfv5PBWCw4EAJfAWU94GsjUhrQB2NUw/viewform To make this night transformational, we ask that participants be able to join us for the entire event. We need your help to reach out to youth, adults and employees of the Boston Police Department to attend and participate in this important night. If you have any questions, you can email sheri@teenempowerment.org.

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Villens: Join TE and Somerville Public Library (MA) on Friday to celebrate Black History Month! Free food, music, and art! Learn from Somerville leaders of color and celebrate our diverse history. 2-5p ... See MoreSee Less

Black History Month

February 23, 2018, 2:00pm - February 23, 2018, 4:00pm

Come celebrate Black History month this Friday. Teen Empowerment and the library are hosting a celebration for Black history along with culture. Come hear from Somerville leaders of color, learn from unique and raw experiences, and embrace diversity. There WILL be free food from a wide array of cultures along with music and art. Bring friends and come join us in our celebration of Black history!

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Are you a DREAM CHASER? Come talk about what it means to be successful as a young leader in Boston, and share music and poetry with talented youth artists. Join us in celebrating Black History Month on 2/27 at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Tobin Community Center.

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