The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. helps low-income, urban youth hone their understanding of the social problems they face and use their talents and skills to create change in their own lives and in their communities. Working in Boston and Somerville, MA and Rochester, NY, TE employs youth ages 14 to 21 as the leaders of social change initiatives that positively influence the values and behaviors of their peers with the goal of lowering crime, violence, and self-destructive behaviors. Youth-led initiatives engage thousands of youth and adults in community improvement efforts each year and lend their voices and lived experience to the debate about policies that affect their lives. 

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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

Job Opportunity: Somerville Community Facilitator

The Center for Teen Empowerment Somerville Community Facilitator Job Description Click here for full job description and application guidelines Job Responsibilities: The Somerville Community Facilitator will work with the Director of Consulting and Training to develop…

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June Newsletter Highlights

What's the value of a youth job? Jobs keep teens safe, increase their chances of succeeding in school, and decrease their chances of joining a gang. But a job at Teen Empowerment can transform the lives…

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Job Opportunity: Boston Program Coordinator

The Center for Teen Empowerment Boston Program Coordinator Job Description Click here for full job description and application guidelines Job Responsibilities: The program coordinator position is multifaceted and instrumental to the success of our work. Program…

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Highlight’s From TE’s 25th Celebration More than 425 people, including current and former TE youth organizers, police, elected officials and supporters joined us March 30 in Boston to celebrate 25 Years of Impact and to honor our founder and executive…

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TE Studios Break The Binds

TE Studios announced 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 and progressive content…

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Calling all 18-21 year olds! Deadline is September 29th! ... See MoreSee Less

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Youth Hiring is Happening! Want to work at TE? Give us a call:
Boston: 617-536-4266 x.311
Rochester: 585-697-3464
Somerville: 617-625-6600 x.2255
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It's Media Monday over at Youth Matters Media ! Check out their new video on cultural representation on film! 🔥❤️👍🏾 ... See MoreSee Less

We made a video exploring the representation we see in media! Share to join the discussion and support Somerville youth.

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Check out what our Somerville Speaks Mental Wellness Ambassadors are up to...they've got some inspiring thoughts for everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

Our Mental Wellness Ambassadors got vulnerable and shared their thoughts on Mental Health and Wellness. Check out this short video produced by youth ambassador Carlitos DaSilva. We'd love to hear your answers to some of these questions!

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Villens-- we're back at it! Teen Open Mic on Wednesday at Arts at the Armory See you at 6p! ... See MoreSee Less

Been Out Here's BaCk tO SchOOl -OPEN MIC-ft. FORTE "Pops" :D

September 13, 2017, 6:00pm - September 13, 2017, 8:00pm

It's that time of year againnnn.... B.O.H..Been OUt Here Open Mic is BACK better than ever holdingg it downnn at the Armory in the Ville every second Wednesday of the month!! We doing things a bit differently this time around starting with having a theme & special feature every month, activities that'll praise who you are and what you can do, discussions that may change your perspectives, prizes that reward your mind, body, and soul, and more :D This month's theme is: BACK TO SCHOOL this can mean going to high school, college, online classes, back to a schedule, or whatever you think back to school means..OUt HEREE we're thinking of it as:Finding your own passion through education and building your own business, empire, etc. Making your dreams come true and this is what BOH wants to help you do📚✏️🎤🎶 You really don't want to miss this month's special feature: Forte "Pops" who, if you haven't heard went on his first tour with HipStory Boston this past July and will be performing songs from his first release "The Impatient Mixtape" 😃 SOOOO Bring your POEMS, your VERSES, your MUSIC, your SONG or most importantly just bring YOURSELF AND A FRIEND 😊 Come thru with things you want to try, and things you are ready to slay! Brought to you by: BOH Books Of Hope/ Mystic Learning Center The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. Arts at the Armory Somerville Arts Council Mass Cultural Council

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