TeenSHARP was founded in 2009 to increase underrepresented students’ access to college and develop student-leaders who are Successful, High-Achieving, andReaching Potential (SHARP). Since then, TeenSHARP evolved into an organization that gives low-income and minority youth access to premier leadership opportunities, trains them to be ambassadors of higher education in their communities, and prepares them for success at selective colleges and universities. TeenSHARP operates on the University of Delaware's campus, where it serves New Castle County students beginning in grade 9 with full-day programming each Saturday, school year-round.
TeenSHARP students receive individualized college prep advising and mentorship while participating in the following school year-round program:
- College Access Ambassador Training (9th-12th grade students) - The program engages College Access Ambassadors in academic success skill-building, leadership training, and increases their understanding of the college admissions process. College Access Ambassadors learn about education policy, attend school board meetings, and design projects to increase college awareness in their communities.