The Teen Empowerment model: Youth Building Peaceful Communities Together

Posted by Social Innovations Journal on January 29, 2018
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About this Presentation:
The Teen Empowerment Model is based on the belief that with the proper support, training, and resources, young people, including those of highest risk, have the ability to think deeply about difficult social problems and take constructive action to address the challenges they face. Furthermore, we believe that their voices, energies, and ideas are an essential element of any effort that hopes to successfully intervene in destructive adolescent behavior patterns, establish and maintain healthy urban communities, and build the capacity to create effective youth policies and practices. The webinar will provide instruction in how and why the model works to improve relationships between youth, police, and community, lower crime and violence among youth, and while giving young people a chance to have meaningful input into the policies and practices that directly impact their day to day lives.

About the Presenter:
Stanley Pollack, Founder & Executive Director of the Center for Teen Empowerment inc.
In his over twenty-eight year career as a youth worker, program developer, administrator, and consultant, Stanley Pollack has dedicated his life’s work to empowering urban teens to work for positive community change. In the early 1970’s, Mr. Pollack concentrated his efforts on juvenile offenders in Trenton, NJ and moved subsequently to the City of Somerville’s Youth Services Department, becoming the director of the department in 1978. During this time, Mr. Pollack developed unique and innovative methods for engaging youth in a process of changing their communities for the better—the basis for the current Teen Empowerment Model.

From 1982 to 1991, Mr. Pollack provided consultation in the Teen Empowerment Model® to over 35 youth serving organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1992, Mr. Pollack established the Center for Teen Empowerment as a nonprofit organization in Boston’s South End/Lower Roxbury—an area plagued by the serious problems of youth violence, gangs, and drugs. For some 13 years, Mr. Pollack has provided leadership to the organization, which has grown to include four sites in Boston, one in Somerville, and one in Rochester, NY and has engaged over 25,000 youth in community-based, school-based, and citywide social change initiatives. Mr. Pollack continues to devise effective applications of Teen Empowerment methods, most recently in the areas of school restructuring and education reform.

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