392 Genesee Street
Rochester, New York 14611
585-697-3464 rochester@teenempowerment.org

Since 2003, Teen Empowerment has employed hundreds of Rochester youth who have  engaged thousands of their peers, adults, and community leaders in youth-led initiatives. Working in southwest Rochester, open mic nights, PeaceBQs, and other safe social gatherings where youth use the arts to share ideas and inspiring, positive messages.  Youth also organize and facilitate group sessions and forums that create deep and meaningful dialogue among teens and between youth and adults, community leaders, educators, and police.

TE youth organizers work on policy initiatives that engage public officials, bring youth voice to decision making, and work to create institutional and systemic change.

Current citywide initiatives include:

  • A “Solutions Not Suspensions” effort to develop more constructive discipline policies and school climates within the Rochester City School District.
  • A “Youth Police Dialogue Project” that facilitates dialogue between the youth and officers in the Rochester Police Department.

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.…