Austin Yanez, 2016 TeenSHARP graduate and a freshman at Swarthmore College, is one example of a bright, hardworking and passionate student that TeenSHARP recruits. He rises to meet the challenges in his path, speak up about complex problems, and commits to finding successful solutions. Austin joined TeenSHARP his sophomore year of high school, passionate about music, but did not have the drive to learn for the sake of learning. He accomplished just enough at school to appease his Mom and Dad, but did not have any intellectual vitality. Austin’s plan was to become a DJ, and was not particularly happy about joining TeenSHARP’s Saturday academic program. He did not expect to transform the way he did. After the first few weeks, he embraced the very special place that challenged him intellectually and helped him emerge as a leader.
Austin became the epitome of what it means to be a TeenSHARP scholar. He applied and was accepted to many selective life-changing opportunities. He was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship to study abroad twice and is now fluent in Chinese Mandarin. He became an Ambassador of College Access and helped change the college-going atmosphere at his school. Austin committed to making sure his peers had access to the same information about college that he received at TeenSHARP. After spending an entire year in China, Austin is finishing his first semester as a McCabe Scholar at Swarthmore University. He now has his mind set on becoming a Fullbright Scholar and an ambassador of the United States to China.
Austin is just one of hundreds of students that have tremendous academic and leadership potential. All they need is a community 100% invested in seeing them meet their potential. We NEED you to make sure their dreams become a reality. We strongly believe that we have the next Barack Obama, Sonia Soto Mayor, Roland Martin and Geoffrey Canada.
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