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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Featured Stories


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.


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

CBS: TE in the News

TE in the News The CBS This Morning series, A More Perfect Union, showcases how what unites us is far greater than what divides us. This week they showcase our work with police and youth. "When…

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Upcoming Consulting Workshops

Join us in one, two, three or all of our Moving Beyond Icebreakers Training Workshops in Boston. Contact with any questions. Learn interactive techniques on how to achieve group goals, build relationships, resolve group problems,…

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Rochester TE Times January

January Update: In this edition...  Quick links: Thank you! TE's Youth-Police Dialogues featured on CBS Shawn Brown, TE Lead Program Coordinator, recognized as unsung hero YOs inspire through neighborhood Teen Cafe nights Save the Date:  TE…

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Annual Community Luncheon

Save the date for Rochester's Annual Community Luncheon! Thursday, May 4, 2017 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

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Karaoke at the Corner

  We're back for our 7th annual Karaoke at the Corner!  Over the last six years, we've raised more than $23,000 and had some ridiculous fun doing it. In fact, it's just too fun to stop.…

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A preview to the powerful dialogue on race lead by the youth at Teen Empowerment tomorrow, 5:30pm at Hibernian Hall. ... See MoreSee Less

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Part 1 of Teens Take Action: Know Your Rights in Somerville as part of a new youth coalition. Stay tuned for Part 2 for information on immigrant rights and resources. ... See MoreSee Less

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Boston and Somerville youth brought their concerns and ideas to the Massachusetts State House for the More Justice More Peace Youth Rally today. All youth deserve opportunities that help them succeed! #IHaveaFuture #YouthJobs Thanks State Representative Dan Cullinane Leon David Mike Connolly ... See MoreSee Less

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The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. shared OYU Boston Community Action Team's post. ... See MoreSee Less

More photos from todays Youth Jobs Rally!

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Kicking off the I Have A Future More Justice More Peace Rally! ... See MoreSee Less

TE youth organizer, JJ, performing original song, "My Skin" at the youth rally! #breakourchains #fundtheyouth #ihaveafuture #jobsnotjails The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. #OYUBoston Charlie Baker

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