the power is yours
The Power Is Yours is a group of young people working to address issues and laws that impact their lives. Through this team, at More Than Words youth are the ones who:
> Identify issues that matter to them and their peers
> Run weekly programming for youth at More Than Words
> Plan and execute outreach to stakeholders
> Meet with legislators and public officials to advocate
> Author opinion pieces and letters
> Organize their peers to testify at public hearings.
"We are truly youth led and have the power to make decisions. It’s powerful when young people tell their stories and voice up for change in meetings. We are holding stakeholders accountable and joining conversations that we traditionally wouldn't have been a part of. We are taking back our power."
- Emilia, Graduate and Power is Yours Ambassador
our powerful principles
Youth will be present, lead key meetings, and inform the process - always. Nothing about us without us!
We will be clear and direct about our work with stakeholders and request the same from partners and public officials.
We will hold public officials accountable to address issues that matter to us, and we will be accountable to them.
achievements and recognition
Suffolk County District Attorney Debate 2022Watch the video
Our young people spoke with DA Hayden and Councilor Arroyo about how to support youth in the justice system.
Boston Mayoral DebateWatch the Video
Youth leaders hosted a community conversation on homelessness, criminal justice, and police reform.
Youth-Written Op-Ed in the Boston HeraldRead the Op-Ed
Power is Yours Ambassadors spoke about juvenile justice and their priority initiative to Raise the Age.
Speaking Up About the Child Welfare CliffRead the Op-Ed
More Than Words CEO Jodi Partnered with Bridge Over Troubled Waters CEO to speak in Commonwealth Magazine.
Suffolk County District Attorney Debate 2018Read Press Coverage
Youth leaders exposed sharp differences between the candidates on equity and juvenile justice.
Suffolk DA announces diversion program for young adultsRead Press Coverage
Hayden announced the pilot program focus on accountability, wellness and transition out of the justice system at a panel with More Than Words.