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Teen Empowerment has succeeded in developing and maintaining a program design for engaging at-risk youth and reducing youth violence that can serve as a model for other communities. Its systematic approach to selection, engagement, and transformation provide the foundation for individual achievement and community change. While the study contains substantial evidence of Teen Empowerment’s ability to produce positive results for youth at risk and for community wide change in patterns of adolescent behavior, there is a need to implement a more ambitious evaluation design to conduct the longitudinal and controlled studies needed to better understand the Model’s mechanisms of effectiveness and to further quantify its capacity to achieve outcomes for individuals and community-wide transformation.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.