TeenSHARP’s life-changing and trajectory-altering college prep program prepares talented students to thrive in rigorous academic settings and affect lasting change in their communities. The program takes place from September to June each year where participants –organized into two groups, College Discovery Scholars (Grades 7 + 8) and College Access Ambassadors (Grades 9-12)– meet every Saturday for TeenSHARP sessions. Our intensive, comprehensive curriculum equips young leaders with the coursework, resources and knowledge they need to access and thrive in the nation’s most prestigious universities.
Our College Discovery Scholars participate in stimulating math and english classes each Saturday where they sharpen their academic skills and experience the rigor of high school-level courses. College Access Ambassadors take college-level seminars focused on the works of African-American and Latino intellectuals, and are trained in critical thinking, reading, problem-solving, action planning, and project implementation.
Scholars graduate TeenSHARP with real-world leadership experience, a strong network of supporters and mentors and exceptional demonstrated academic achievement. With the support of TeenSHARP’s programming, intensive one-on-one advising and peer-community, our students arrive to college as astute, intellectually curious scholars deeply engaged in their community.
To accomplish our mission, TeenSHARP also works closely with families to help them be effective in preparing their children for dealing with 21st century challenges and excelling in a rapidly changing society.