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Our MISSION

CREATIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Our missions is to create a platform that empowers young people to use their voice, creativity, reflection and action to affect personal growth, transform lives and impact communities. 

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We are making a difference every day in thousands of young peoples’ lives. Teens With a Purpose engages every young person in peer-led projects, programs and events that help them develop personal power. TWP creates opportunities for youth to succeed, influence others and to partake in various arts and humanities programs that culminate in a public performance or exhibition designed to help build self-esteem and self-efficacy.

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youth voices

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Our VISION

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We have a vision of empowering young voices through mentorship, creative expression, and collaborative action. By amplifying diverse talents and perspectives, fostering community, and sparking meaningful dialogue, it cultivates a new generation of leaders passionate about social justice and positive change in their communities and beyond.

Our History

EST. 1996

Teens With a Purpose was formed in 1996 by Deirdre Love. In 2007, Teens With a Purpose became TWP-The Youth Movement a 501(c) (3) non-profit youth development organization. The organization is celebrating over 26 years of experience in providing peer leadership training and has been recognized both regionally and nationally.

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Our PROGRAMS

TWP intersects youth development practices; civic engagement, peer leadership and high quality artistic presentation creating safe inclusive spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present and apply their voices as creators of positive social change. TWP is committed to developing young leaders who positively impact their neighbors, classmates, schools, governments, congregations and one another.

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GET INVOLVED
BETTER CHOICES

Youth Making Better Choices Together

Fridays 4-6pm

Better Choices is a unique youth development, violence prevention and intervention program led by teens peer mentors and adult credible messenger*. Better Choices is for 12 to 17-year-olds who may be or have been involved in the justice system looking to make better life choices.

Transportation & Food Provided

What We Do

  • Earn Money!

  • New Ways of Thinking

  • Growth & Development

  • Studio Time

  • Art, Poetry

  • Community Outreach

  • Gardening

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Our family

Our family comprises passionate mentors and teenagers driven to enact positive change. Through advocacy, creative projects, and community engagement, they tackle pressing issues. Their impact is profound, fostering awareness, empowerment, and tangible solutions, ultimately transforming communities and inspiring peers to join the movement for social justice and progress.

Staff
Board of Directors

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Staff
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Deirdre A. Love

Executive Director

& Founder

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Michelle Sims

Assistant Executive Director

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Richard Andre Love

Creative Program Director

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Shana Smith-Coleman

Craetive Program Specialist

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Chuckwuemeka Onyirimba

Environmental Specialist

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Malik Jordan

Program Specialist

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Jalik Jordan

Teaching Artist - Music

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Darryl Boone

Peer Leader - Poetry

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DaQuan Garnett

Peer Leader - Environmental

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Kaylee Wash

Teaching Artist - Visual Art

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Makayla Booney

Teaching Artist Assistant - Poetry

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