Teens Lead at Work

Teens Lead @ Work, provides an empowering environment where teens develop their organizing skills, reach out to other teen workers, and promote safe, healthy work and strong enforcement of the Child Labor Laws. The program builds bridges among native-born, documented and undocumented teens in the fight for young worker rights.

TL@W Mission

Supporting young workers' efforts to research and identify issues of concern to them in the workplace and in their community;
Bringing youth together with their peers to discuss their concerns and to learn about work issues through the lenses of gender, race, and ethnicity;
Engaging teens in organizing strategies to address their concerns and foster young workers and environmental justice activists;
Informing Peer Leaders about the legislative process, and help them understand how everyone has the power to implement laws given the right tools;
Creating polished, confident peer educators that are incredibly effective in reaching out and teaching other teens.

TL@W’s Core Values

  • Go Over and Above - Shatter the Stereotypes.  Whatever the expectation, exceed it - not because it is expected but because we can always do more, think harder than people will assume.
  • Focus on the Three C’s - Collaboration, Creativity, and Community.  Collaboration makes change happen efficiently.  Creativity makes change effective, and community by-in makes change last.
  • Bring Youth to the Table - Everywhere and in Everything, Lower the Average Age - Young people are often left out of the conversations that will eventually shape their lives - i.e. education, community planning and development.  TL@W believes that their voice is not only important but integral in realizing a more active citizenry and ensuring the sustainability of healthy workplaces and communities.
  • Not Just Action but Thoughtful Action - Think, Project, Act, Reflect. 1) Think, 2) Project the desired outcomes, 3) Act to Create and implement the plan 4) Reflect and evaluate the work.
  • Celebrate and be Proud.