TEEN EMPOWERMENT ROCHESTER, NY
Save the Date:
Our 2014 Community Luncheon will celebrate the
first 10 years of Teen Empowerment in Rochester!
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11:30am-1:30pm
at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Teen Cafe Nights & Community MeetingsThe 2012-13
youth organizer group has been organizing creative initiatives at the TE site on Genesee Street involving more than 200 neighborhood youth so far.
Supporting each other in sharing their hearts, struggles and visions toward making real change, together.
Their participation in community forums has brought tangible, moving insights to community leaders.
METLIFE AWARD TO TE AND ROCHESTER POLICE
Teen Empowerment Rochester and the Rochester Police Department have
received the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award for
their work together to improve safety and strengthen community-police
relations. Read all about it.
TE's unique youth hiring process was recently featured on
News Channel 8:
We were so proud and moved by the
response to our Annual Community Luncheon in May, 2012. The audience of more than 425 was diverse, from every sector
of the community.
our staff (youth & adult) in action, with friend Denise Reese on guitar: TimE to Grow song!
This year, 27 current and former TE YOs contributed... writing and presenting speeches, hosting and running registration, and
mingling at tables with judges, business people, and community leaders. Youth speeches received standing
Here is the
powerful video shown at the event:
Genesee Street Mural!
TE commissioned master artist Eder
Muniz to work
with 5 youth apprentices with close ties to the Southwest neighborhood to install a mural one block from our storefront site.
The mural replaced a
drab concrete wall to radiate a spirit of hope
and pride, spreading the visual reach of community engagement down Genesee
Street where neighbors and students who attend Wilson Commencement and
Foundation Academies must walk past boarded-up and burnt-out houses, street
fights, and drug dealing
TE surveyed nearly 100 youth in the neighborhood to develop
the concept for the mural,
which portrays people bringing
what they have to offer to move community forward together.
The mural was made possible
by contributions from NYSCA, Arts & Cultural Council of
Greater Rochester, The Synthesis Collaborative and McMannis Painting.
"It's TimE": TE Rochester's Inaugural Community Luncheon
TE's first annual community luncheon
was a huge success, with more than 400 people attending. Check out this amazing gift of poetry offered at the
from TE Associate Coordinator Shanterra Randle
. Then, read what one attendee has to say
, and see this follow-up piece in the Democrat & Chronicle: "Empowering teens to shape their own lives
See a preview of the event
with Doug Ackley on YNN, and read another preview in the Democrat & Chronicle: "Luncheon will honor three for work with teens
Harvard's Kennedy School recognizes TE Rochester's Youth-Police Unity Project as a Bright Idea
TE's Rochester program recently received recognition from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government FOR THE SECOND TIME! (2010 & 2012). The Youth-Police Unity Project was cited as innovative and a possible model for other communities.
In May of 2010, TE Rochester organized a symposium to bring youth and police together for honest, thoughtful talk, leading to real change in police/youth relationships in the city. This event was the culmination of prior dialogue sessions between city youth and police.
Check out TV coverage on YNN
, newspaper coverage in the Democrat and Chronicle
, and a RocNow guest essay
by Sergeant Gary Moxley and TE Rochester director Doug Ackley.
Grand Opening at Our New Location!
Many thanks to everyone who helped make the October 15, 2010, Grand Opening of TE Rochester's first neighborhood-based site such a great success! Check out video preview of the opening
on YNN TV. Here's WHEC's coverage
of the opening. Read about it in the Democrat & Chronicle
and check out some photos of the event
A Sample Year in the Life of TE Rochester
Download a 6-page overview
of Teen Empowerment in Rochester, including information about our work with the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, the Youth-Police Unity Project, and more.
Building on 2008's standing-room-only Voice of the Youth Forum
, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) reported back to the community at a forum held on May 5, 2009. At this event, MYAC introduced its "Youth Priorities in Action" report.
TE Rochester Youth Conference 2008
Forty Rochester youth contributed to the hard-hitting relevance of TE's 5th annual Youth Conference and SpeakOut, held on November 8 and attended by between 500-600 youth. This year’s theme, Breaking Generational Curses
, engaged youth in examining the pressing issues that have brought harm —such as violence, substance abuse, police-youth distrust, school dropouts, and teen pregnancy—and in exploring ways to break negative cycles that hold back Rochester's low-income communities. The conference featured young people's original performances and speeches, youth-led small group "connection sessions," and a Youth Opportunities Fair highlighting 20+ organizations. Mayor Bob Duffy and State Senator Joe Robach were on hand to show support for teens' efforts to empower themselves and advocate for policy changes that promote youth as assets who need help elevating the quality of life in the city.
The conference was sponsored by the City of Rochester and Mayor Robert J. Duffy, the Rochester City School District, Wegmans, and WDKX.
Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Hosts Forum at City Hall,
Writes Report on Youth Issues
Teen Empowerment coordinates and facilitates Rochester’s
Mayor's Youth Advisory Council. In June 2008, the council organized a
standing-room-only forum for youth at Rochester City Council
chambers. (Download speeches
by young people
delivered at the forum.) In August, as a follow-up to the forum,
the youth council released a report entitled "Youth
Priorities in Action." Read about the report and the
Advisory Council in the Rochester City Newspaper. See it on R News.
To view the entire forum, which was filmed live, go to RNews
Channel 108 on Time Warner Cable in Rochester.
Recognition for TE’s work in Rochester
- TE's design of the Youth-Police Unity Project (YPUP) and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) was recognized as a Best Practice for the Prevention of Dropouts by the US Conference of Mayors 2008.
- Nominated and chosen by Monroe County Probation Officers Association as beneficiary of its annual fundraising golf tournament.
- Awarded Rochester Institute of Technology’s Bruce R. James Public Service Award (via Angelina Faulkner) and Masonic Service Award (via RPD Officer Moses Robinson).
In 2003, TE began to implement its adolescent intervention
and prevention strategy in Rochester. In the fall of that year,
TE staff interviewed more than 120 applicants and hired ten
teens to organize Rochester's first citywide, youth-run
conference. The conference, held March 6, 2004, engaged
over 400 youth and adults in a daylong exploration of the
relationship of youth violence to the lack of vocational,
educational, and recreational services.
In the fall of 2004, the Rochester site interviewed more
than 130 teens for jobs as youth organizers and launched
a full-scale TE program, with the support of the Wilson
Foundation and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.
Since that time, TE youth organizers have organized numerous
events, including four full-scale youth conferences, to involve
their peers in confronting Rochester's serious problems with
gangs,guns, and drugs. In addition, they have been working
with police officers through the Youth-Police Unity Project,
funded by the Andrus Family Fund.
See RNews--"Teen forum at City Hall" for news coverage
about Teen Empowerment's Youth Forum at City Hall in