Teen Empowerment's Youth, Police, and Community Conversations event on December 9 brought together 40 Boston police officers and over 150 community youth and adults. Read about it in the Boston Herald: Teens and cops empowered to make a change. And read about it in the Globe: Boston police, teens, come together to talk about relations.
Teen Empowerment's Boston sites organized another youth-police community dialogue at the end of a busy and productive summer. Thanks to Commissioner Evans for attending and bringing so many of the command staff. Read about it in the Banner: Police, teens air differences in Teen Empowerment meeting.
The great work of Teen Empowerment's Rochester program is highlighted in this TV piece, profiling three TE youth: Teen Empowerment Youth Organizers move forward.
We are grateful to the Cummings Foundation for a recent grant to support Teen Empowerment's work in Somerville.
In 2013, UMass Boston released a comprehensive evaluation of Teen Empowerment's program in Somerville that concludes: "Teen Empowerment has succeeded in developing and maintaining an approach to engaging at-risk youth and reducing youth violence that can serve as a model for other communities. Its systematic approach to selection, engagement, and transformation provide the foundation for individual achievement and community change."
Youth Development Matters: A Proven Effective Anti-Violence Approach. David Price, executive director of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation in Boston, blogs about the role of youth development and TE's programming in stemming violence and creating healthy communities.
Read about our executive director and TE's 20 year history in this 2012 Boston Globe column: "Teen Empowerment chasing a miracle in Boston."
Check out some great videos of TE youth and TE events at TeenEmpowermentTV on YouTube.
Teen Empowerment has produced a 25-minute DVD entitled Voices from Behind the Wall, featuring messages to youth from prison inmates in Massachusetts. We also have a curriculum and discussion guide to accompany the DVD. Click here to check out the DVD and the guide on YouTube. Order online. Here's an article about the "Voices" DVD (with video excerpts) from the Boston Globe: Prison counsel.
TE has 10 short videos posted on YouTube that illustrate how we work interactively to engage groups of youth and adults. See exercises in action from our book, Moving Beyond Icebreakers! Concentric Circles, Make It Up: Paper Chase, Wordstorm, Evaluation, The Human Knot, Name Wave, Warm-up Questions, Bag Toss, Zip Zap Zup with Foot-Stamp, and Wind Blows with Word.
Be a Friend of TE! To learn more about the Friends of Teen Empowerment, contact us.Download TE's publication, Voices of Children Left Behind in Massachusetts Public Schools.