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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Join TE in celebrating our 25th anniversary and honoring Stanley Pollack on March 30! Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.

Save the Date! Rochester Community Luncehon May 4, 2017. Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.

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

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 heang@teenempowerment.org 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

Join Teen Empowerment Rochester for the Annual Community Luncheon Honoring Kit Miller & M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, Peacemaker in Action Award Dr. Walter Cooper, Champion for Youth Leadership Award Pathways to Peace, Honorary Collaborators Award…

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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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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 talent act in an entirely youth cast, as well as hear spoken word performances, musical performances, and speeches! And see dance too! We hope to see as many people there as possible! Let's continue to build a movement here in our city!

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Purchase your ticket:
-In person at the Paramount Box Office
-Call the Paramount Theatre Box Office @ 617-824-8400
-On location at Teen Empowerment @ 384 Warren St, 3rd floor, Roxbury 617-536-4266x311
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Teen Empowerment's 25th Annual Boston Youth Peace Conference

April 29, 2017, 6:15pm - April 29, 2017, 8:30pm

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 talent act in an entirely youth cast, as well as hear spoken word performances, musical performances, and speeches! And see dance too! We hope to see as many people there as possible! Let's continue to build a movement here in our city! Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Purchase your ticket: -In person at the Paramount Box Office -Call the Paramount Theatre Box Office @ 617-824-8400 -On location at Teen Empowerment @ 384 Warren St, 3rd floor, Roxbury 617-536-4266x311

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For #TBT A young Johny Noreña's Peace Conference poem from 2012. Now John's training the next generation for the 11th annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference April 8! ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out the newest Somerville Youth Matters Media episode on Life After High School. This time, alternatives to going straight to college. Featuring Matt McLaughlin, Alderman, Ward 1, Somerville ... See MoreSee Less

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Somerville youth-police bball game highlight reel. Thanks Somerville Police Department! ... See MoreSee Less

A big thanks to all our basketball players who participated in the 3rd Annual Youth-Police Basketball game with The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. Join us next year to cheer us on!

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The 11th annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference is a day of deep thought and action by and for Somerville teens, including an original stage show (rap, poetry, dance, theater, music, speeches), menatl wellness workshops, and an Ice Cream & Service Fair. Tickets are $3. For tickets call 617-625-6600 x2255 ... See MoreSee Less

11th annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference

April 8, 2017, 12:30pm - April 8, 2017, 4:00pm

The 11th annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference is a day of deep thought and action by and for Somerville teens, including an original stage show (rap, poetry, dance, theater, music, speeches), menatl wellness workshops, and an Ice Cream & Service Fair. Tickets are $3. For tickets call 617-625-6600 x2255

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