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 of young people and their communities

For 25 years, TE has employed youth as agents of positive change. Your support has helped us accomplish so much, including the recent achievements in this newsletter.

Your support this summer will give urban youth meaningful jobs organizing events that are fun, safe, and positive, allowing them to reach thousands of other young people with their messages of peace and unity.  Please donate today!

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25th Anniversary 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 director, Stanley Pollack. And, we raised $200,000 to support TE’s important work.

If you missed the event or want to relive the magic, watch our brief highlight video. Want to learn more about TE’s work? Watch the Ripple of Change video we created for the event. Looking for 10 minutes of inspiration? Watch the opening performance, Break the Chains.

Many thanks to Celebration Co-Chairs Martin Kaplan and Aaron & Lauren Lapat, host committee members, staff, youth, and everyone who helped create this amazing night!

Youth Peace Conferences
The 25th annual Youth Peace Conference in Boston and Somerville’s 11th annual Youth Peace Conference were both great successes again this spring. Together, they used theater, dance, spoken word poetry, speeches, youth-led workshops and more to engage 900 youth and adults in thinking deeply about diversity and racism, civic engagement, youth-police relations, violence prevention and LGBTQ pride among other important issues. Watch the full Boston conference or visit TeenEmpowermentTV for highlights. Read one of the powerful speeches in the Somerville Journal or news articles in the Boston Globe and Somerville Times!
Youth-Police Work
On March 31, TE had the chance to bring together police officers, TE staff and youth from Boston, Somerville and Rochester to discuss best practices for improving youth-police-community relations using the Teen Empowerment Model. Dialogue sessions, officer training, and community meetings will continue in all three cities and the departments will work together to share the work more broadly. Read more about our efforts to build trust in Stanley Pollack’s recent oped in the Boston Globe.