Charity Spotlight: Teen Empowerment


Youth are not just the future…they are the leaders we need NOW

Teen Empowerment (TE) begins by engaging youth not because they are needy, but because they are NEEDED.   TE gives youth access to constructive power, a job, sense of belonging, and responsibility for our community to transform our communities.

TE’s Neighborhood-based Youth Organizing Initiative enables low-income Rochester youth to take meaningful action to improve their lives and communities.  TE employs up to 24 youth each year on each neighborhood-based site and provides the training they need to involve large numbers of their peers in community change initiatives. Through these youth-led events, TE involves 600-1,000 low-income Rochester youth each year in creative, arts-infused community gatherings, youth summits, peace march, police-youth dialogues, and forums with public officials. 

Since 1992, TE has engaged more than 40,000 youth and adults in rejuvenating their communities in Boston, Somerville, MA, and Rochester, NY (since 2003). TE has hired and trained over 2,000 young people as youth organizers, implemented more than 900 youth-led community change initiatives, and resolved and prevented many serious youth conflicts. Over the years, TE has effectively brought youth voice into efforts to improve youth services, reform public high schools, and reduce tensions between youth, police, and community. 

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