Teen Empowerment youth at our Massachusetts sites are preparing now for the 2014 Youth Peace Conferences. Somerville's conference is Saturday, May 3, 5-8:30 PM, at the East Somerville Community School (50 Cross Street). In Boston, the conference will be on Saturday, May 24, in the evening at the Strand Theatre. Check back soon for more details.
Many thanks to everyone who supported Teen Empowerment's 2014 Celebration of Hope and Caring on March 12 as we marked ten years of work in Somerville, MA, and honored Mayor Joseph Curtatone and the City of Somerville. We particularly want to thank co-hosts John Connolly and Mary Jo Rossetti for their help in making the evening a great success, and Mayor Curtatone for his heartfelt words of support for Teen Empowerment and for positive youth development programming. Read about TE's Somerville program in the Somerville Journal.
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 or listen to Teen Empowerment youth talking to WGBH about their lives and their neighborhoods: Dorchester, Roxbury Teens Resist Routine of Violence.
Watch a video on Boston.com of TE youth reflecting on the legacy of the March on Washington.
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.