The Center for Teen Empowerment is a youth-driven organization aimed at curbing violence and gang activity and…More empowering young people to enact change in their communities. Teen Empowerment runs programs locally in Somerville, as well as in Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Rochester, N.Y.
Each site hires youth organizers to take action to address important issues that face their communities. While working with Teen Empowerment, youth organizers are given the support to design and implement a strategy to tackle these issues.
Teen Empowerment also hosts annual Youth Peace Conferences, where issues of violence, gangs and drugs are addressed through performance, discussion and community interaction. Teen Empowerment Somerville has been hosting these events since 2007.
Somerville Recreation and Youth Commission 19 Walnut St, Somerville, MA02143 The Recreation and Youth Commission hosts sports programs and activities for children and adults year-round, making use…More of the city's various indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. The Commission also strives to raise community awareness among the city's youth and to engage them in healthy activities. Programs include youth basketball (ages 7 - 14), tennis (ages 6 - 10), indoor soccer, men's flag football, men's softball, co-ed volleyball, a Tot-Time program (ages 3 - 4) and more. Call the Commission at 617-629-1900 for information on weather cancellations.
Communities for People 22 McGrath Hwy, Somerville, MA02143 Founded in 1976 in response to the needs of troubled youth in Massachusetts, Communities for People offers a continuum…More of services, including community-based residential programs, managed care networks, adoption, foster care, outpatient services and management information systems. It specializes in adoption and foster care programs, and strives to create a range of services and programs for youth and families. This location accepts walk-ins but it may be best to call ahead for an appointment.
Eagle Eye Institute 14 Chapel St, Somerville, MA02144 With offices located within the Holy Bible Baptist Church, the Eagle Eye Institue has been "dedicated to empowering…More urban people from low income communities, especially youth of color, to play a positive role in caring for our environment" since it's incorporation as a non-profit in 1991. Programs offered include environmental education, stewardship and career building within the natural resource and green industries. With a goal to "inspire, invest, inform and involve" youth in their environment, the insitute provides a variety of one and three day programs.
Over the four decades that CASPAR has provided services to individuals struggling with substance abuse, they have…More earned a reputation as a pioneer in effectively serving this at-risk population. Their services address needs at every stage of what they call the "the substance use/abuse/recovery continuum" "from street outreach to aftercare housing." Each year, they provide treatment—and often life-saving services—to approximately 2,500 adults and youths in Somerville and Cambridge.
Programs include street teams that connect homeless individuals with medical, shelter and psychiatric services, as well as meal programs and substance abuse treatment. A system of pre-treatment transitional housing, long-term treatment residences, and aftercare housing serves men, women, and pregnant or parenting mothers in individual centers. Youth programs combine counseling with positive afterschool activities and volunteer service to address substance abuse.
The organization relies on individual, corporate and foundation support for its funding. Volunteers are welcome to help prepare and serve meals or sort clothing donations at their Emergency Service Center at 240 Albany St., Cambridge.