The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. provides low-income, urban youth with the opportunity to find their voices, hone their understanding of the social problems they face, and the develop the skills they need to create change in their own lives and in their community. Working in Boston and Somerville, MA and Rochester, NY, TE employs youth ages 14 to 21 to implement police-youth dialogues, cultural celebrations and arts-based events, community meetings, and safe social events that engage thousands of youth and adults in community improvement efforts each year.

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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.





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

TE Studios Break The Binds

TE Studios is proud to announce the album release of "Break The Binds." TE Studios is a youth-run, adult-supported arts for justice project that aims to challenge the status quo by producing and showcasing socially conscious…

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Hiring: Youth-Police Dialogue Position

Youth- Police Dialogue Position Somerville Residents Only We're hiring youth ages 14-21 for a summer of relationship building with youth, Somerville residents, City Officials, and police officers in partnership with the Somerville Police Department, and the Somerville…

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25th Annual Boston Youth Peace Conference April 29

Join us for an evening full of exciting, refreshing, and fullfilling acts at TEEN EMPOWERMENT'S 25th Annual Peace Conference on Saturday April 29th, 2016 at 6:15pm @The Paramount Theater. Come see some of Boston's greatest young…

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On the Rise Luncheon 2016 highlights

The first Thursday of May each year, the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center comes alive with the power of youth to uplift our city. Join Teen Empowerment this year. Be inspired! Get Tickets, Tables & Sponsorships…

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Thanks to all who came out to Youth & Unity Night to celebrate and learn about #Somerville diversity and build tolerance! ... See MoreSee Less

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No power and no phones at TE's Roxbury office (HQ) ☹️ If you need to reach us, try Dorchester: 617-427-1488 ... See MoreSee Less

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So proud of our youth presenting at Aspen Forum for Community Solutions #OYIF conf this week in Boston! ... See MoreSee Less

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Big week at TE--Tomorrow is Youth & Unity Night in #Somerville and TE Studios CD Release Party: Break The Binds in #Roxbury. Thursday is RCSD African studies rally in #ROC. Something for everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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We're excited to be participating in the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions conference on Opportunity Youth this week. You can watch TE youth Carlos perform a poem at the opening plenary Tues 8:00a streaming live: ... See MoreSee Less

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In Rochester on Thursday! ... See MoreSee Less

Stand up withYouth! We're Unlocking the Truth! Come out to speak up for Pan African Studies for all RCSD students. Rally on Thursday, May 25 outside RCSD Central Office (131 W. Broad St.) 5pm SHARP!! Students Unite!!

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