Charity of the week
Teen Empowerment (teenempowerment.org) helps teens in low-income neighborhoods in Massachusetts and New York change their neighborhoods and their own lives. The organization works with young people ages 14 to 21, training them to be community organizers and to use their artistic talents to inspire positive change. TE’s programs are designed to build ties between at-risk teens and their communities. One initiative brings together youths and police to hear each other’s views and craft strategies to create mutual respect and cooperation. In Boston, the TE Studios project helps teens produce professional-level music recordings and performances. One study of Teen Empowerment’s work in Somerville, Mass., found that the program was responsible for a 50 percent decrease in juvenile crime in some of Somerville’s hardest-hit areas.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.