Teen Empowerment's Boston sites ended a busy and productive summer with a youth-police community dialogue. 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.
Congratulations to Teen Empowerment youth in Boston who made the 22nd annual Boston Youth Peace Conference:"Be for the Change," a great night for the hundreds who attended! The event--featuring theater, music, dance, spoken word, and free ice cream--was held on May 24 at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. The Boston Herald previewed the music element: Teens brand themselves with positive record label, and highlighted TE's partnership with The Record Company. And check out TE youth organizer Lovell Duncan and program director Sheri Bridgeman on Boston Neighbhorhood Network.
We are grateful to the Cummings Foundation for a recent grant to support Teen Empowerment's work in Somerville.
Somerville's 8th annual Peace Conference was on May 3 at the East Somerville Community School. Read about it in the Somerville Times: Performing for peace, and the Somerville Journal: Somerville's Teen Empowerment uses art to tackle social ills at conference .
Many thanks to the supporters of Teen Empowerment Rochester who came out to our 2014 Community Luncheon on May 8 to celebrate 10 years of Teen Empowerment in the city. See the Rochester page for more information about the program, and read about TE Rochester from the front page of the Democrat and Chronicle: Program aims to solve teen jobs problem , and read in Rochester Magazine about the inspiration one attendee came away with: Suburban Outlaw: Progress powered by teens .
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."
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.
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.