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:

“Solutions Not Suspensions” effort to develop more constructive discipline policies and school climates within the Rochester City School District. 

Youth Police Dialogue Project” facilitates

dialogue between the youth and officers in the Rochester Police Department.

Roc TE Times – Fall eNewsletter

November 2017 In this edition... Quick links: Welcome Shalinda! Our newest TE staffmember TE Graduates! YO original song promotes Peace in the Summertime Spotlight…

Ripple of Change

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Rochester TE Times January

January Update: In this edition...  Quick links: Thank you! TE's Youth-Police Dialogues featured on CBS Shawn Brown, TE Lead Program Coordinator, recognized as unsung…

Karaoke at the Corner

  Join us at the 8th annual Karaoke at the Corner!  Over the last seven years, we've raised more than $33,000 and had some…