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 us at the Rochester Community Luncheon May 4, 2017. Click here for ticket and sponsorship information.

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

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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Annual On the Rise 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 Thursday, May 4, 2017 11:30…

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Opportunity Youth United Calendar

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We’re hiring: Consultant for RFP Contracting

Teen Empowerment Consultant RFP Contracting Opportunity DEADLINE: April 21, 2017 PURPOSE OF PROJECT The Center for Teen Empowerment is at a inflection point as it poises itself for a successful succession with the transition of the…

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Can't wait to see this crew in action Saturday! Get you Boston Peace Conference tix now: #squadgoals #breakthebinds ... See MoreSee Less

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Great know your rights training with ACLU Massachusetts, Groundwork Somerville, The Welcome Project and Somerville Youth Workers! ... See MoreSee Less

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Teens Take Action: Know Your Rights Part 2!

April 21, 2017, 3:30pm - April 21, 2017, 5:00pm

Come to Part 2 of of our Teens Take Action Workshop Series on knowing your rights when interacting with law enforcement! Have questions about when cops can stop you and when they can't? Wondering about ICE? Searches and seizures? How to protect yourself at a protest? We will have a guest lawyer, Tom Combs, coming to visit to give further information about your rights when interacting with law enforcement, building on the conversation we started back at our first meeting in February. If you weren't there, don't worry! We'll catch you up with a group recap so you don't miss a beat. We will also be creating an action plan of how to take this information back to our communities. Come join us and bring your friends! FREE PIZZA provided from 3:30-4pm! Workshop from 4-6pm. Hope to see you there!

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TE is still empowering youth like Amy Duong to change their communities. See it happen live on 4/29 at Teen Empowerment's 25th Annual Boston Youth Peace Conference! Get tickets today ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out Eleganza Show at Harvard University this Sat night! Proceeds benefit TE and we're so excited to see these amazing students on their big night! ... See MoreSee Less

Eleganza Show 2017

April 22, 2017, 7:30pm - April 22, 2017, 9:00pm

Get ready for the hottest event of 2017. Eleganza Show is an electric fusion of fashion, dance, and diversity that draws a sold-out audience of over 1600 students every year. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! All proceeds from the show go to the Boston Center for Teen Empowerment. Doors open at 7:30, and the show begins at 8. VIP TICKETS ($30) : SOLD OUT PREFERRED GA ($20) : SOLD OUT GA TICKETS ($15): Available through through Harvard Box Office or Eleganza board members starting 4/12 *Note that tickets are SEF-eligible.

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Peace Conference #TBT : last year's sold out crowd at the Paramount Theatre (Boston, Massachusetts). Get your tix TODAY for Teen Empowerment's 25th Annual Boston Youth Peace Conference --don't be left out! tinyurl/TEPC25 ... See MoreSee Less

Packed house at the Boston Youth Peace Conference!

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Thanks to Dr Rafael Outland and his counseling students from The College at Brockport State University of New York for visiting us to learn more about TE! ... See MoreSee Less

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