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The Center for Teen Empowerment

 384 Warren Street
 Boston, MA 02119
[P] (617) 536-4266 x 304
[F] (617) 536-4311
http://www.teenempowerment.org
[email protected]
Stephanie Berkowitz
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INCORPORATED: 1992
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EIN 04-3091002

LAST UPDATED: 12/08/2017
Organization DBA The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.
Former Names The Center for the Development of Teen Empowerment Programs (1998)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to empower both youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change. We envision a world in which youth, working with adults in mutually respectful and supportive relationships, can use their voices creatively to inspire, lead, and empower their communities to achieve justice and peace.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower both youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change. We envision a world in which youth, working with adults in mutually respectful and supportive relationships, can use their voices creatively to inspire, lead, and empower their communities to achieve justice and peace.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $1,767,567.00
Projected Expense $1,761,421.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boston Youth Organizing Initiative
  • Rochester Youth Organizing Initiative
  • Somerville Peer Leader Progams
  • Somerville Youth Organizing Initiative

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Overview

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower both youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change. We envision a world in which youth, working with adults in mutually respectful and supportive relationships, can use their voices creatively to inspire, lead, and empower their communities to achieve justice and peace.

Background Statement

In 1992, the Center for Teen Empowerment began its first community based youth organizing initiative in Boston’s South End. Youth and adults staff worked to resolve serious gang conflicts, which lead to the first Youth Peace Conference where TE Youth Organizers brokered a lasting peace treaty between five rival gangs. TE now operates three Boston community based sites, one community based site in Somerville and one in Rochester, New York. Together these sites have employed more then 1,700 teens as Youth Organizers, held 29 youth-led Peace Conferences (this year will be Teen Empowerment’s 26th Boston Youth Peace Conference) with a more than 500 youth attending each of these powerful events, and involved some 30,000 youth and adults in a wide variety of high quality community change initiatives including police-youth-community dialogues, gang negotiations, healing ceremonies, conflict resolution sessions, and neighborhood celebrations, while providing youth leadership in the planning and implementation of hundreds of meetings, forums and conferences sponsored by community groups, governmental agencies, and private local and national foundations.

 

Teen Empowerment began work in Rochester, NY, in 2003. In 2006, the site initiated the Youth-Police Unity Project, which involved a core group of police and youth meeting on a regular basis to implement a citywide strategy to improve relationships and increase levels of public safety. Strategies included a series of police-youth dialogues, citywide symposiums, and integration of TE youth into the police training academy, as well as a survey (in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology) completed by over 2,000 youth and 150 police officers. In 2010, YPUP was named a “Bright Idea” by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

In 2005 Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone asked Teen Empowerment to intervene in a decade-long epidemic of gangs, drug overdose, and teen suicides. At that time, most of the City’s strategies to address the problem were punitive. TE, working with the entire social service network of the city, helped create many opportunities for youth voice and youth leadership and built trusting relationships between youth and adults. Within two years, the toxic environment for youth began to shift. Media began projecting positive images of youth, and other agencies increased opportunities for youth to use their assets to solve problems. These changes resulted in a transformation in the negative youth culture. It has now been over four years since a Somerville teen has died from an overdose or suicide and gang activity has decreased significantly.

 

Over its 25 year history, Teen Empowerment has developed a many valuable resources that are used by professionals in youth development, human resources, and education throughout the United States and around the world. These includeour book,Moving Beyond Icebreakers,which provides instruction in a revolutionary method of establishing group environments where high levels of productivity and individual growth are the norm. The Center has sold over 5,000 copies of the publication, which documents over 300 interactive exercises and contains a detailed explanation of how interactive methods can be used to move groups to productive outcomes. TE also produces DVDs featuring Youth Organizers for use in classrooms and other youth settings and the TeenEmpowermentTV YouTube channel, which features youth speeches, songs, raps, and plays that illustrate the powerful vehicles of social change that young people have created. TE conducts short and long term consulting and training projects for groups that serve youth and that are interested in using our interactive methodology, building relationships among diverse constituents, and other topics.

TE’s work is recognized nationally and has received several honors, including MassVote’s Teen Empowerment award (2011), Harvard University Ash Center Bright Idea (2010), Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Public Safety Initiatives Award (2009), Eastern Bank Community Quarterback Award (2008), U.S. Mayor’s Conference Best Practice in Youth Development (2007), Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award (2006) and Drucker Foundation Nonprofit Innovation of the Week (2004).


Impact Statement

In FY2017, TE employed 129 youth in leadership roles. These youth worked together with adults to plan and  implement 130 initiatives that involved 5,358 youth and adults in Boston, Somerville and Rochester. Among the community change initiatives were:

Youth-Police Partnership: TE held youth-police dialogue sessions, basketball games, talent shows, and community safety initiatives involving more than 150 officers. 100% of participants thought TE made interactions between youth and police more respectful

Youth Voice: TE brought youth voice into city meetings, school department policy decision making, park design processes, and city commissions and committees. TE held inter-generational dialogues on racism, helped create a new discipline policy for the Rochester City School District, and captured and shared with policy makers the stories of youth affected by mass incarceration.

Youth Opportunities: TE coordinated the SW Rochester Youth Jobs Collaborative;  Somerville Speaks: Mental Wellness Youth Ambassadors program; and  Boston’s Opportunity Youth Community Action Team and other projects this year.

Youth Arts: TE youth created original music, theater, poetry, video and speeches to share their social change ideas. TE’s youth-run record label, TE Studios released its fourth album.

Teen Empowerment also had a tremendous impact on the youth leaders:

·         100% gained skills that prepared them for the future

·         100% were proud of their work and thought they positively impacted the community

·         100% gained self-respect

·         96% built better relationships with police

·         95% showed an increase in civic engagement

·         95% gained leadership skills

·         77% of youth displayed an increased level of empowerment

·         Compared to their peers, youth who work at TE leave the program with higher employability and civic engagement, and these impacts are sustained over time.

“I used to fight, smoke, and do nothing with my life, but I’ve changed. When TE hired me, I changed my life around and now I know I can help change my community too.”
-TE Youth Organizer


Needs Statement

Support our Youth Organizing Efforts:  TE employs urban youth as community organizers to shift the social norms among their peers away from violence and other negative behaviors and toward positive community involvement. $4,800 supports a youth salary for one year. $3,750 pays for a series of youth-led community improvement initiatives. The total budget per program site per year is some $250,000.
 
TE Youth Peace Conferences:  In 1993, at the first Youth Peace Conference in Boston, TE brokered a lasting peace treaty among five rival gangs. The conference has become an annual event in each of our targeted cities that brings diverse youth to address pressing community issues. The entirely youth-led events include original stage shows in which teens present their social change ideas through skits, poetry, music, dance, speeches and videos. Approximately 800 youth attend each day-long conference, which costs about $9,000 to implement.
 
TE Studios: This youth-run record label costs $60,000 per year to operate. $10,000 supports the consultation from resident artists. $900 copies the CD created each year and $1,200 covers events, including the album release party. Remainder funds adult salaries and youth artist stipends.

CEO Statement

In these tough economic times, Teen Empowerment has continued to give jobs and leadership training to high-risk youth living in difficult urban communities. We set high expectations for TE Youth Organizers, and they respond by creating amazing programming for their peers.

We recognize the skills, talents, capacity, and motivation of the young people we hire to work for community change. These youth spend part of each day thinking about their neighborhoods and developing ways to reduce violence and other issues. They lead police-youth dialogues; organize community meetings, conferences, and events; work to resolve neighborhood conflicts; and advocate with policy makers for changes that help meet the basic needs of youth in their communities. For most, this work changes the  trajectory of their lives in a positive direction.With the help of our supporters, we can expand our current programs, saving many more young lives, bringing hope to beleaguered neighborhoods, and using the energy of young people to create a more livable society for us all.

Our 20 years of experience show definitively that, when given a chance, many high-risk youth are willing and able to lead successful movements for change. In Somerville, for example, Teen Empowerment has successfully worked with city officials and other nonprofits to shift the youth culture. The result has been dramatic reductions in crime, violence, teen suicide, and drug use.

Thank you for your support.

Board Chair Statement

In 1996 I attended a voter registration rally for Roxbury youth and families organized by Teen Empowerment. I was so impressed with the leadership skills of the youth, their persuasive messages, and the authentic discussions. I know that event changed lives, including my own. Twenty years and dozens of events later, I am still truly inspired by how TE empowers young people to find their voices and advocate for change.

Now, I am honored to chair the board of the Center for Teen Empowerment.  There are so many stories of how and why Teen Empowerment works and has made a difference in so many people’s lives. I invite you to join me in supporting this important program and hearing some of these stories.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-Jamaica Plain Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Roxbury Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Dorchester Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Teen Empowerment works mainly in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston, MA; in Somerville, MA; and in Rochester, NY.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Boston Youth Organizing Initiative

At each of our sites, 2-3 adult staff and 12-14 youth organizers work together every day to:
  • identify those issues they consider most critical in their community,
  • design an action strategy that will involve others in having a positive impact on these issues, and
  • implement the strategy.

Our youth organizing work focuses on building community among diverse populations. Within the youth organizer groups, youth from rival neighborhoods or factions are brought together to work towards common goals. Youth organizers then craft strategies to bring themselves and their peers into dialogue across lines of conflict. Often this involves working to create awareness among youth that turf battles shrink everyone's horizons. Another significant aspect of this work has been dialogues between police and youth to help resolve some of the misunderstanding and tension that is counterproductive to producing safe neighborhoods for all.

Our youth-organizing sites bring the concerns and the voices of youth to the table across a spectrum of community concerns and issues. TE's sites serve the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain areas of Boston.

Budget  $501,334.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Performance measures and anticipated outcomes include:

· At least 150 Boston youth in total per year participate in the hiring process.

· A total of 30-50 youth organizers per year (10-12 per cycle, per site with some overlap—at least 20 young men) are hired per year and participate in a comprehensive process of analyzing their community to determine the priority issues.

· At least 25 different Teen Empowerment youth violence prevention and police-youth initiatives are held annually.

· At least 2,000 youth and adults (at least 850 young men) are involved in program strategies per year

· At least 12 organizations partner with Teen Empowerment in initiatives and events

· At least 400 people attend the annual Boston Youth Peace Conference.

· At least 75% of youth organizers report feeling as though they have acted as leaders and that their efforts have improved their communities on year end impact surveys.

· At least 75% of youth organizers report gaining employment and life skills that prepare them for the future.

· At least 75% of youth organizers show improvement/increased protective factors in more than one area.

· At least 75% of youth and police report improved relationships and trust.

Program Long-Term Success  · Boston Police Department statistics indicate a decrease in youth violence in the targeted neighborhoods subsequent to program activities.

  • Positive outcomes for youth increase in the targeted neighborhood (educational achievement, health and wellness, etc.)
Program Success Monitored By 

TE uses a number of evaluative methods to assess the effectiveness of our efforts and to improve the program including verbal evaluations conducted as part of daily YO sessions. At the beginning of the initiative planning process, the YO group sets goals for the initiative. After its completion, the group conducts an evaluation session to assess how well those goals were achieved, including the documented and perceived impact of all large and small-scale activities.

To evaluate the impact on the youth organizers, youth complete intake and exit evaluation surveys based on evidenced based tools. Information and analysis of surveys is completed with the assistance of UMASS Boston faculty. TE also uses Police and Health Department statistics to assess the affect our work has over the long-term on the number of shootings, arrests, crimes, and incidents of violence involving youth in each targeted neighborhood.

Examples of Program Success 

Teen Empowerment’s work had a tremendous impact on the young people who worked as youth organizers and youth associates in our programs this year. Data from last summer’s youth organizers impact surveys included:

· 100% gained self esteem

· 100% gained skills in more than one area

· 100% thought the skills they gained prepared them for the future

· 100% thought TE made interaction between youth and police more respectful

· 100% thought TE improved their community

· 92% increased leadership skills

· 89% had been involved in resolving potentially dangerous conflicts.

· 83% displayed increased civic engagement

· 75% displayed increased empowerment

· 50% displayed increase in social capital

Quotes included:

· TE helped me realize who my real friends were. It helped me recognize my worth.

· I am more aware of situations now and able to handle things in a more efficient and effective way. TE changed my attitude and my perspective.

· TE gave me everlasting hope for the future.

· This job helped me build healthy, sustainable relationships.

· TE opened my eyes to truly identifying inequality and inequity. I am more aware and not afraid to speak up.

· I have a new perspective on the BPD especially due to the dialogues we had that humanized the person behind the badge. Now I look at things from both sides, how I'm feeling and how they're feeling, and how to communicate it.

In terms of impact on community wide behaviors, according to BPD crime stats, there was a 11% decrease in the number of part 1 crimes for police area B-2 this year compared to last year and homicides are down 28% compared to a 7% increase citywide.


Rochester Youth Organizing Initiative

Teen Empowerment Rochester employs low-income, urban youth to identify issues in their communities and organize strategies to address those issues through three main projects:
  • Southwest Youth Organizing Project: 12 youth work every afternoon to plan and implement events that involve their peers and community adults in improving the Southwest neighborhood  
  • Youth-Police Unity Project: employs teens to work with police to deign and implement initiatives involving large numbers of youth and police in improving relationships between the two groups.

Budget  $210,486.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Somerville Peer Leader Progams

E works with the City of Somerville to bring youth leadership into City departments. These initiatives employ Somerville teens to plan and implement workshops, events, dialogue sessions, and other projects. Currently they include:

  • Youth Mental Wellness Ambassadors Program offers teen-led workshops and events that teach coping skills and destigmatize mental health. Ambassadors also produce short videos and use social media to support their efforts to change youth culture.
  • Youth-Police Work: Somerville youth and police work together to plan and implement a series of Walking Dialogue Sessions each summer and to work to measure and improve perceptions of public safety among Somerville residents.
  • Library Leaders: Peer leaders plan and implement game nights, maker space and teen events at the Somerville Public Library.
  • Youth Matters Media leaders run their own weekly television show on Somerville City Cable in partnership with CityTV and SCATV and produce short documentary videos about issues that affect city teens.
  • School Climate Projects: student leaders at Next Wave and East Somerville Community School plan and implement enrichment activities and school climate initiatives that involve the whole school.

Budget  $250,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short-term outcomes include:
  • Build the leadership abilities and skills and civic engagement of at least 40 unduplicated peer leaders
  • At least 70% of youth display an increase in employment and life skills as measured by pre- and post-evaluation surveys
  • Decrease risk behaviors and increase protective factors among youth leaders  as measured by pre- and post-evaluation surveys
  • Develop opportunities for intra-City collaboration among youth-serving organizations and City departments
Program Long-Term Success  Through a comprehensive set of program activities, decrease violence and negative youth behaviors in the targeted communities as measured annually by youth crime statistics from Somerville Police and biennially by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Use YRBS data to inform youth media and youth organizing content and initiatives.
Program Success Monitored By  Evidenced-based evaluation tools developed and analyzed with guidance from researchers at the UMASS Boston.
Examples of Program Success 

  •       100% of youth feel listened to by the people around them
  •       100% of youth feel well connected to others in the community
  •       100% have a positive attitude and opinion about the police
  •       77% increased leadership skills
  •       71% increased employment and life skills

There was a 6% decrease in part 1 crimes committed by youth last year compared with the previous year and an overal decrease of 11% since the program began. 

Somerville Youth Organizing Initiative

TE hires Somerville youth (ages 14-21) to work after-school and in the summer to identify the most pressing concerns in their community and organize a strategy to address those issues. Youth organizers work for 8-10 hours per week during the school year and 20 hours per week during the summer. In addition, TE runs the Somerville Youth Council and facilitates the Somerville Youth Workers Network.
Budget  $277,533.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term outcomes include:
  • Build the leadership, employment and life skills of 25-40 unduplicated youth organizers and youth associates as measured by pre- and post-test evaluation surveys. 
  • Increase civic engagement, sense of empowerment, and social capital of youth organizers as measured by pre- and post-test evaluation surveys.
  • YOs implement strategy consisting of at least 3 large-scale and 15 small-scale initiatives
  • Hold the annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference  involving at least 500 youth
  • Involve 600-900 youth and adults in TE program strategies 
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Decrease violence and negative youth behaviors in Somerville and increase positive outcomes for Somerville youth.
Program Success Monitored By  Use of evidenced based tools developed and analyzed by UMASS Boston researchers. Monitoring of Youth Risk Behavior Survey data and police crime statistics.
Examples of Program Success 

A 2013 independent, multi-faceted evaluation of TE’s work in Somerville, MA found: significant evidence that TE was responsible for a 50% decrease juvenile crime; and, that compared to peers, youth who work at TE leave with higher levels of employability and greatly improved self-esteem and are more civically engaged, and these impacts are sustained over time.

Last year:

· 100% of youth feel proud of what they’ve done for their community

· 100% of youth have more self-respect than when they started working at TE

· 100% of youth are more willing to engage in efforts to improve youth-police relations

· 80% of youth have been involved in resolving potentially dangerous conflicts in their school and/or community

 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stanley Pollack
CEO Term Start Apr 1992
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Stanley Pollack, Executive Director of Teen Empowerment founded The Center in 1992 to refine and replicate The Teen Empowerment Model in Boston and subsequently in urban communities around the U.S. He developed the Teen Empowerment Model through over twenty-five years of direct youth work, program development, and consulting experience.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Doug Ackley Rochester Director --
Stephanie Berkowitz Director of Exteral Relations --
Sheri Bridgeman Boston Director --
Heang Ly Director of Consulting and Training --
Daniel McLaughlin Somerville Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Collaborate Boston Award The Boston Foundation 2016
Bright Idea Award Harvard University Ash Center 2012
Community-Police Partnership Award MetLife Foundation 2012
Bright Idea Award Harvard University Ash Center 2010
Public Safety Award RIT Center for Public Safety Initiatives 2009
Community Quarterback Award Eastern Bank 2008
Best Practice in Youth Developmen U.S. Mayor’s Conference 2007
Neighborhood Builder Award Bank of America 2006
Nonprofit Innovation of the Week Drucker Foundation 2004

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Teen Empowerment works with a number of organizations in Boston, Somerville, and Rochester. Some of our closest collaborators include our landlords Nuestra CDC and the City of Somerville as well as the Rochester, Somerville and Boston Police. We also actively participate in a number of coalitions and collaborative to work with other organizations on issues of mutual importance. These include the High Risk Youth Network, Somerville Youth Workers Network, Metro Mayors Shannon Collaborative/ Gang Taskforce, and Higher Ground.  Whenever possible, we work together with other youth and community groups on events and initiatives.TE also reaches out to organizations that are not youth-specific in order to build partnerships and community in our targeted neighborhoods.

 
We also have a national partnership with America's Promise Alliance.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 132
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 93%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Lauren Lapat
Board Chair Company Affiliation none
Board Chair Term Oct 2017 - Oct 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Peter Bekarian Jones Lang Lasalle Voting
Mr. George Bevis Engineer and philanthropist Voting
Mr. John Brown Boston Police Department Voting
John Connolly President, Wedgwood-Crane & Connolly; Alderman at Large; City of Somerville --
Mr. Michelle Escarfullery Harvard Clinical Research Institute Voting
David Fallon Chief of Police, Somerville, MA Voting
George Gilmer State Street Voting
Mrs. Marikay Hines-Corcoran KPMG Voting
Mrs. Frenia Hunter MBTA Voting
Mr. Joe Jackson Madison Park Technical-Vocational High School Voting
Ms. Lauren Lapat Lives in the Balance Voting
Peter Meyer retired Boston Public Schools Voting
Molly Richter Partners HealthCare Voting
Jessica Rondon KPMG Voting
Paul Russo Tonneson & Co Voting
Mr. Jeffrey Strassman Grant Thornton LLP Voting
Colleen White Global Research Institute at Boston College Voting
Dr. Jason Willis Rochester Institute of Technology Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Hanif Abdul-Wahid Monroe County Department of Planning and Development --
Mr. Scott Burdett Flaum Management Voting
Dr. Rick DeJesus-Reuff St. John Fisher College Voting
Ms. Judith Kaplan Community Planning Associates Voting
Dr. John Klofas Rochester Institute of Technology --
Wade Norwood Finger Lakes Health Systems Voting
Mr. Edward Nowak retired public defender Voting
Mr. James Sheppard Rochester Police Department --
Sr. Barbara Staropoli Sisters of St. Joseph Voting
Ms. Lori VanAuken The Children’s Institute Voting
Mr. Van Henri White Attorney at Law Voting
Mr. James Wolk Nixon Peabody LLP Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Because the youth in our program are also employees of the organization, they are not eligible to serve on the board. Instead we have at least 2 board members who worked previously as TE youth organizers.  

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $1,767,567.00
Projected Expense $1,761,421.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

2008 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,823,669 $1,369,781 $1,540,500
Total Expenses $1,689,258 $1,474,118 $1,247,504

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $414,706 $438,680 $278,525
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $414,706 $438,680 $278,525
Individual Contributions $718,605 $772,287 $1,054,069
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $311,045 $138,132 $139,043
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $376,038 $10,272 $59,976
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $3,275 $10,410 $8,887

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,396,277 $1,202,025 $989,803
Administration Expense $221,145 $188,520 $187,170
Fundraising Expense $71,836 $83,573 $70,531
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 0.93 1.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 82% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 7% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $605,885 $456,775 $583,107
Current Assets $603,984 $452,931 $574,192
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- $0
Current Liabilities $59,349 $44,650 $66,645
Total Net Assets $546,536 $412,125 $516,462

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 10.18 10.14 8.62

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Teen Empowerment’s goals are to:

·         Have a profound, long-lasting impact on youth engaged in leadership positions, including building their leadership and employment skills and social-emotional health.

·         Shift social norms among youth in the targeted areas from negative behavioral norms—such as drug use, gangs, and other destructive behaviors—to norms that value supportive relationships with peers and adults and engagement in the process of establishing a positive community environment.

·         Address the root causes of violence and other issues in the targeted communities by increasing community involvement in youth development, building tolerance and community among diverse constituencies, and building the leadership, job readiness, and life skills of neighborhood youth.

 

Currently, we are working to achieve these goals in the Boston, MA neighborhoods of Roxbury and North Dorchester, in the City of Somerville, MA and in the Southwest quadrant of Rochester, NY by working with low-income youth ages 14 to 21 and community adults. Our short-term objectives over the next 3 years are to annually:

·         Formulate a diverse, well-trained, high functioning Youth Organizer (YO) group of 12-14 at each site

·         Improve the communication and interpersonal skills of YOs.

·         Increase YOs’ confidence and sense of competency in a range of skills and settings.

·         Improve the emotional, social, and academic achievement and civic engagement of Youth Organizers

·         Engage 5,000-7,000 youth and adults in efforts to improve their communities.

·         Reduce violence and gang activity in these neighborhoods as measured by police statistics

·         Address the root causes of violence by increasing community involvement in youth development efforts, building tolerance and community among diverse constituencies in the neighborhood, and building the leadership, job readiness, and life skills of neighborhood youth

·         Increase youth and community involvement in civic events, increase investment in local government as an avenue for progress, and introduce youth to positive, productive, and peaceful modes of change.

·         Involve large numbers of low-income, urban youth in efforts to improve their communities and increase youth voice in the decision-making process around policies and practices that affect them.

 

TE uses a number of evaluative instruments and methods to assess the effectiveness of our efforts and make changes to improve the program. Youth organizers and staff members work together to set goals and evaluate each initiative and document their efforts and the results for future use. In addition, youth complete intake and exit evaluation surveys based on evidenced based tools. Collection and analysis is completed with the assistance of UMass Boston faculty.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Teen Empowerment Model of youth organizing includes:

Hiring Process: Typically, 150-200 youth per year apply to work at TE and participate in our intensive group and individual interview process conducted twice per year. Through this process, TE staff assess applicants’ risk levels, social connections, understanding of issues, and willingness to engage in community change. Once hired, youth earn $10/hour to work 12-15 hours per week.

Initial training: At the beginning of each session, youth receive training designed to build relationships, expand their knowledge of the issues, develop a community change strategy, orient youth to the Behavior Management System, and develop their skills.

Community-Change Strategy: TE youth organize dialogue sessions, community meetings and large events designed to involve peers and community adults in addressing their priority issues. They use the arts to present social change ideas in a way that will be understood and embraced. Initiatives involve 1,000-2,000 annually.

Behavior Management System: TE’s work contract establishes expectations and outlines the consequences if they are not met. Each Monday, adult staff conduct a process to surface important training issues such as the need to be on time and dealing with conflict productively. Then every group member gives and receives feedback with their peers and adult staff.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The Center for Teen Empowerment is a well established organization with annual budget of about $2 million. Teen Empowerment receives and administers state and local government grants, foundation grants and other funds for similar programs and is well equipped to do so. Teen Empowerment has seasoned administrative staff members, sophisticated accounting procedures, and meets all federal and state guidelines for nonprofit administration.

 

The Center is also very well equipped to monitor and successfully implement the programmatic aspects of our youth organizing projects. Since 1992, Teen Empowerment has engaged low-income urban youth as powerful and effective leaders of a movement to address the root causes of the challenges they face and to involve their peers in positive ways with their communities.  Teen Empowerment’s highly structured approach empowers at-risk youth with the skills they need to successfully address their social-emotional health and development while also positively influencing large numbers of their peers and impacting their community. TE has an experienced program staff to implement and oversee program operations.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

TE uses a number of evaluative instruments and methods to assess the effectiveness of our efforts and make changes to improve the program. Youth organizers and staff members work together to set goals and evaluate each initiative and document their efforts and the results for future use. In addition, youth complete intake and exit evaluation surveys based on evidenced based tools. Collection and analysis is completed with the assistance of UMass Boston faculty. Last year’s results included:

 

On year-end impact surveys, youth organizers reported:

·         100% learned skills that helped prepare them for the future

·         100% were proud of what they accomplished and thought it had a positive impact on the community

·         100% built positive relationships with youth and adults they would not otherwise have known

·         100% felt more responsible for their community

·         100% gained self-respect

·         90% gained leadership skills

·         80% displayed increased level of empowerment

·         70% displayed increased civic engagement

·         70% displayed increase social capital

Moreover, Teen Empowerment is working to achieve community level change. We monitor police and health department statistics with the help of the cities where we work and independent research has shown that our efforts have contributed to significant decreases in violence, crime, substance abuse, and suicide among youth in our targeted neighborhoods.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

To assess TE’s impact on community-wide patterns of adolescent behavior, staff gather data that track police and public health statistics. These include crime reports and results of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. In 2013, TE worked with Dr. Russell Schutt at UMASS Boston to conduct an independent, multi-faceted evaluation of TE’s work in Somerville. This study found significant positive results for individual youth, showing that, compared to peers, youth who work at TE enter the program with lower self-esteem and employability than the control group and leave with higher employability and greatly improved self-esteem and are more civically engaged, and these impacts are sustained over time. In addition, the study contained statistically significant evidence that TE’s efforts were responsible for a 50% decrease in the level of juvenile crime in Somerville’s highest crime neighborhood.


In addition to the study, TE uses pre- and post-test measurement tools. These surveys incorporate evidenced-based tools including the Onyx Social Capital Questionnaire, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and the Youth Empowerment Scale. Results from last year’s evaluation surveys included:

· 100% of youth surveyed learned skills that helped prepare them for the future

· 100% built positive relationships with youth and adults they would not otherwise have

· 100% were proud of what they accomplished and felt more responsible for their community

· 94% thought they’d improved in more than one skill area.

· 88% reported gaining leadership skills

When comparing pre- and post-test evaluation surveys:

· 71% displayed increased level of empowerment

· 93% displayed increased civic engagement

· 50% displayed increase in social capital

To improve Teen Empowerment’s performance measurement, we have been working with Dr. Schutt and his staff over the past five years to better analyze the data we collect and identify additional data that we can collect that would enhance our performance measurement capacity as it relates to the impact that the project is having on the youth hired as youth organizers. In terms of enhancing our ability to measure the project’s impact on community-wide behaviors, we have been working with Dr. Schutt to produce a series of grant requests to the National Institute of Health and the NCCJ to acquire the funding needed to implement a major controlled study of our work in Boston and in Rochester.