Teens Lead at Work

Our Strategy

Teens Lead @ Work (TL@W) provides training and advocacy for teen workers to ensure their safety and health in the workplace by:

  • Supporting young workers' efforts to research and identify issues of concern to them in the workplace and in their community.
  • Creating polished, confident peer educators that are incredibly effective in reaching out and teaching other teens.
  • Engaging teens in organizing strategies to address their concerns and foster young worker and environmental justice activists.
  • Bringing youth together with their peers to discuss their concerns and to learn about work issues.

Watch us in action above or CLICK HERE for MassCOSHLive, our YouTube Channel that has even more videos about teen worker health and safety!

Current Efforts


Leadership Education and Action to Promote Safety (LEAPS) for Young Workers Academy:

TL@W is hosting a three day conference in April for groups of teens across Eastern Massachusetts to participate in fun hands-on activities focused on worker safety, worker rights and workplace violence prevention. Participants will develop critical skills, such as leadership and teaching and use those skills to create an action plan to bring back to their communities to help promote safety and violence prevention in the workplace. Participating teens will each receive a stipend as will the adult advisor.

Download: Teens Lead @ Work Application

Teens Lead at Work Peer Leaders

TL@W was created in October, 2001 to address the alarming rates of teen worker fatalities and injuries while helping teens make a difference in creating their own futures. TL@W is composed of teens from the Greater Boston area. TL@W Peer Leaders meet 3 times a week to work on different projects. Learn more...

Child Labor Law Task Force

Comprised of youth, parents, labor representatives, community groups, young worker safety experts, and government agencies, the Child Labor Law Task Force meets quarterly with the Attorney General. It aims to raise public awareness of the Child Labor Laws among teens, parents, and employers and create strategies to help the Attorney General in the enforcement of the reformed laws. The task force's goal is to ensure that the Child Labor Laws protect young workers while giving them the opportunity to have learning and productive work experiences. Visit the Attorney General's website for more information...

Health and Safety Workshops

Teens Lead at Work peer leaders offer two hour interactive health and safety training sessions for teens in the Greater Boston area. For more information or to schedule a workshop, please contact TL@W Coordinator: Nancy Luc (617-825-7233 x13).