TeenSHARPies Participate in MBK Hackathon!

TeenSHARPies with Van Jones

On Saturday November 14th, TeenSHARP's male College Discovery scholars (grades 6-8) and College Access Ambassadors (grades 9-12) gathered in Philadelphia along with 50 other students for the first "My Brother's Keeper" Hackathon (MBK Hackathon). Organized by Qeyno Labs and sponsored by #YesWeCode, MSNBC, Google (and more!), the event brought together students, developers, designers, innovators, … [Read more...]

Week 2 College Access Ambassador Reflections: Austin Yanez


The second College Access Ambassador (CAA) session occurred last Saturday, October 4, 2014. Due to the fact that this was my second year in TeenSHARP I know that CAA sessions always bring great rigor and challenge, and this meeting was no different. Having completed our team building and ice-breaking activities the previous Saturday, we settled into the classroom very comfortably. Being a part of … [Read more...]

Week 1 College Access Ambassador Reflections: Diyaaldeen Whitaker


Diyaaldeen Whitaker is a 2nd year College Access Ambassador and a Junior at the Academy at Palumbo in Philadelphia, PA Like the Philadelphia Eagles under the new Chip Kelly regime, now that the TeenSHARP College Access Ambassador program is back in session, Saturdays are all about getting “game ready.” But there are no Cary Williams-like complaints from this College Access Ambassador (CAA)! Every … [Read more...]

This Time for Africa: TeenSHARP meets White House Young African Leaders Initiative Fellows


By Lara Abiona (TeenSHARP alumna and Junior at Trinity College) On Tuesday July 1st, 2014 TeenSHARP had the privilege of hosting 25 African leaders, in residence at the University of Delaware (UD), who were selected as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  Overall, there were 500 YALI fellows representing 49 African countries being hosted at 20 different universities … [Read more...]

Applications for the 2014-2015 College Access Ambassador Training and College Discovery Programs are Now Open! Apply by September 8th, 2014.


We are looking for motivated, intellectually curious, and passionate students in grades 6th through 9th as well as high-achieving students with a proven track record of leadership and community service who are in grades 10 and 11. Rising 6th through 8th graders: Apply by September 8th (extended deadline) HERE! For more information about the College Discovery program, click HERE. Rising 9th through … [Read more...]

TeenSHARP College Access Ambassadors attend TEDxTeen 2014 (NYC)


On Saturday March 1st, 2014, TeenSHARP College Access Ambassadors Austin Yanez, Darrell Stewart, and Lexis Manning attended the TEDxTeen Youth Conference  in NYC  at the Scholastic Headquarters. TEDxTeen is an application only event and Austin and Darrell were among the 250 applicants selected to attend. This year, candidates from over 35 countries applied and there were over 1,000 teens on the … [Read more...]

Support TeenSHARP’s College Prep Gift Drive!

CAAT at Rita

We're excited to announce the launch of TeenSHARP's 4th annual College Prep Gift Drive. For the past four years, TeenSHARP supporters have made it possible for all of our students to celebrate the holidays with a college prep gift that helps them reach their aspirations. This year, with our largest class to date, we invite you to make an investment in our students' college readiness during our … [Read more...]

TeenSHARP College Access Ambassadors Attend UPenn’s LEARN Conference!

Learn Network Group shot

 "What I Learned at L.E.A.R.N." By Nafeesah Cannady  On Saturday February 23 2013, my fellow College Access Ambassadors and I attended the second annual L.E.A.R.N Network Conference at the University of Pennsylvania law school. The annual education policy and innovation conference is organized by the UPenn graduate student organization, L.E.A.R.N., the Leaders in Education Advocacy & Reform … [Read more...]

TeenSHARP College Access Ambassadors Meet Secretary of Education at Grad Nation Summit!

Maija and Robert with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

TeenSHARP College Access Ambassadors, Robert Adams and Maija Hall, were selected to attend the 2013 Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington, DC on February 24-26 as youth representatives. Robert and Maija, both high school seniors, attended the summit in February, which is a national event that examines the progress and challenges in the nation’s efforts to increase high school graduation … [Read more...]