YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCES
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 is 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.
- This year's Boston Youth Peace Conference was the 20th annual! It was held on May 12, at the Jeremiah Burke High School. The theme: 20/20 Vision: Youth in Focus." Watch conference coverage on NECN.
- The 6th annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference was held on April 28 at Somerville High School. This year's theme was Media Meets My Reality. More information. Read about it in the Somerville News: Peace Conference a Platform for Honest, Creative Teen Voices. At Wicked Local Somerville, check out TE youth Kaylin Gangi's guest column, "This is My Somerville" and an article reporting on the conference, Somerville Youth Share Stories
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.
2010 PEACE CONFERENCES
Somerville's Youth Peace Conference, Rising from our Roots, was held on April 10 Somerville High School. Read about it in the Somerville News: Hope reigns at peace summit and in the Somerville Journal: Fourth annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference draws hundreds.
Check out photos from the conference, and read about one of the youth who worked to organize the conference.
Boston's 18th annual Youth Peace Conference brought 500 people to the Jeremiah Burke High School on May 8. This year's theme was Think Outside the Block: Change is Around the Corner.
BOSTON YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE 2009
Boston's 17th annual conference on May 9, themed "Reality Check," was a great success. Read about it in the Boston Globe. Listen to TE's executive director discuss what can be done about youth violence on WBZ radio.
SOMERVILLE YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE 2009
Somerville's 3rd annual Youth Peace Conference brought 700 youth and adults to Somerville High School on April 4. This year's theme was "The Faces of Change, The Changes We Face." The day featured music, food, theater, dance, speech, poetry, rap battle, service fair, and community building. Read about it in the Somerville News: Somerville Journal.
Sponsored by Teen Empowerment, Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the City of Somerville, the Somerville Public Schools, and the Somerville Police Department.
ROCHESTER YOUTH CONFERENCE 2008
Breaking Generational Curses
Rochester's 5th annual Teen Empowerment Youth Conference drew hundreds of youth to Monroe High School on November 8 for a thought-provoking stage presentation featuring a youth-written play and speeches by young people. The day also included an information fair with many local agencies offering their resources to youth.
BOSTON YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE 2008
Step Up to Change: From the Strand to the State House
TE's 16th annual Boston Youth Peace Conference brought 700 youth and adults to the Strand Theater in Dorchester on May 10 for a powerful afternoon of theater, rap, and speeches by youth, as well as the TE-produced video Voices from Behind the Wall. See our News page for links to articles about the video and the conference. Click on the YouTube link at the top of this page for a portion of the video. In this clip, inmate Anthony Warren apologizes to the child, Kai Leigh Harriott, who was paralyzed by a shot he fired.
SOMERVILLE YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCE 2008
Uniting the Ville: Real Stories, Real Change
The conference was hosted by Teen Empowerment, the City of Somerville, and Mayor Joseph Curtatone, and sponsored by The Somerville News, Somerville Public Schools, and the Somerville Police Department. Full list of partners (1-page download)Back to Top
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.