YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCES


BOSTON YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE 2014:
BE FOR THE CHANGE

The 22nd annual Youth Peace Conference in Boston, Be for the Change, was a great night for the hundreds who attended! The event, featuring theater, music, dance, spoken word, and free ice cream from JP Licks, was held on May 24 at the Strand Theater 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.


SOMERVILLE YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE 2014:
RISING FROM THE ASHES

The 8th annual Teen Empowerment Somerville Youth Peace Conference took place on May 3 at the East Somerville Community School. This year's theme was "Rising from the Ashes: Movement of Improvement." The evening was filled with powerful theater, raps, speeches, and songs about the issues youth face in the city, as well as a tribute to TE youth from Mayor Joe Curtatone. 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.


2013 PEACE CONFERENCE IN BOSTON,
PEACE MONTH IN SOMERVILLE

The Boston Youth Peace Conference, our 21st annual, brought 550 people to the Strand Theatre on May 11. "True Stories for One Glory" showcased a number of issues facing urban youth through drama, dance, poetry, rap and song. Following the show, eight candidates for mayor addressed the question, "What can we do to help heal our community." We are grateful to the candidates who shared their thoughts with us! Read about it in the Boston Globe. Meet some of the youth organizers who worked on the event in this 3-minute video about one TE site in Roxbury.

In Somerville, April was Peace Month. The kick-off show, "late nite with Teen Empowerment," was on April 6 at the Somerville Theatre. Read about it on our Somerville page. TE rounded out the month with the "Villen's All Out Bash" at the Armory on April 26.


TE YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCES 2012

TE youth organizers worked hard throughout the spring to present this year's Youth Peace Conferences.

The Peace Conferences are always amazing--youth speaking truth in rap, poems, speeches, songs, and plays. Plus resources for youth and opportunities to participate and get involved.


TE YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCES 2011

  • See photos of the 5th annual Somerville conference, held April 16, in the Somerville News and check out this extensive coverage in the Somerville Journal.
  • In Boston, the conference was held on Saturday, May 14, at the Burke High School. The theme: The Open Book: Same Cover, Different Stories.

YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE HISTORY

Boston neighborhoods in 1993 were engulfed by an epidemic of gang violence. Almost every day a young person was shot or killed by another youth. In response to these tragic and painful events, the youth of Teen Empowerment organized the first Youth Peace Conference. That conference, held May 5, 1993, attracted more than 250 teens from rival factions, produced a lasting peace treaty among five gangs, and set the stage for the dramatic decline in gang and youth violence that followed over the next several years.

Teen Empowerment has held the Youth Peace Conference annually since then in Boston, bringing together hundreds of teens to build relationships, explore important issues such as education, jobs, crime, and police-youth relations, and celebrate the power of youth to take action for positive change. TE's youth conference in Rochester has been organized annually since 2004, and our Somerville site held its first conference in 2007.

Segments of Boston Peace Conference shows are available on DVD.

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