YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCES
YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCES 2016
Boston: What a great night at the Paramount Theatre on April 30th! TE's 24th annual Boston Youth Peace Conference, "Awaken the Power of Melanin," featured six stalwart and fun-loving Boston police officers dancing onstage with youth. (See great photos on the Boston Police Department website.) It featured appearances from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, schooling today's youth about their history. It featured great original songs and rap, a compelling story about activism in the community, and exciting dance performances by TE youth and by Stajez.
Following the show, the Evan Gilmer Youth Activist Award was presented to Yazmine Navarro of Roxbury Tenants of Harvard. Then everyone in the sold-out house was invited onto the stage for food and celebration with the cast and crew.
Somerville:This year's Somerville conference—the 10th annual—was held on April 16 at the East Somerville Community School. Thanks to all who came and showed their support. Read about it on Wicked Local Somerville: Somerville's 10th annual Youth Peace Conference comes "Back from the Future"
YOUTH PEACE CONFERENCES 2015
Here't the scoop on the 2015 events:
- Boston: "Reality Remixed" held on Saturday, April 25, at the Paramount Theatre. Read about this great event in the Boston Globe: Boston Youth Peace Conference to discuss hot issues of the day.
- Somerville: "True Life: I'm a Somerville Teen" on Saturday, May 9, at Somerville High School, cosponsored by the City of Somerville.
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:
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.
RISING FROM THE ASHES
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.
- 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.
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.