TeenSHARP, Inc.

TeenSHARP’s mission is to prepare talented Black, Latino, and low-income students to attend and thrive at our nation’s top colleges. This mission is in service of a bold vision that one day the diversity of those occupying our nation’s highly-skilled jobs and highest leadership positions will be as rich as the diversity of our population.

$16,401 raised from 192 donors

$20,000 goal

TeenSHARP has been working with Black, Latino, and low-income students since 2009 to prepare them for top colleges and equity-centered leadership. 

The work has never been easy but it became substantially more challenging last March due to the pandemic. The TeenSHARP team and our TeenSHARP families have all had to DO MORE in the face of unprecedented challenges at school and at home. 

For example, TeenSHARP started spending $10,000-$12,000 each month last summer to provide high quality math tutoring for our students as many struggle with learning online. That was never in our budget but doing "whatever it takes" is one of our core values at TeenSHARP. 

At the same, the pandemic has made it even more difficult to find the resources need to support nonprofit work and the hundreds of students we serve in Delaware and across the region. 

We invite you to support TeenSHARP and invest in our amazing students! Thanks. 



About TeenSHARP, Inc.

Mission: TeenSHARP’s mission is to prepare talented Black, Latino, and low-income students to attend and thrive at our nation’s top colleges. This mission is in service of a bold vision that one day the diversity of those occupying our nation’s highly-skilled jobs and highest leadership positions will be as rich as the diversity of our population.

TeenSHARP is a Wilmington, Delaware-based nonprofit that prepares Black,  Latino, and low-income students to attend and thrive at our nation’s top colleges. Along the way, we develop student leaders who are Successful, High-Achieving, and Reaching their Potential (SHARP). One example is Naheem Watson, a native of Wilmington who once wrote: “I always thought as a little kid I would end up in jail, as a lot of men in my community had gone to jail. I thought there was really nothing I could do to change that fact.” With TeenSHARP’s support, Naheem was among the 6.5 percent of 35,220 applicants offered a spot in the Yale University Class of 2024. It costs almost $79,000 per year to attend Yale. Naheem will attend for free. 

TeenSHARP has emerged as a leading provider of innovative, at-scale college access and success programs in the region, partnering with colleges, the public sector, and school districts to help students reach their potential. Each year we serve hundreds of young people across Delaware (with students in nearly every public and private high school in the state), Philadelphia, and southern New Jersey, and 100 percent of TeenSHARP students go on to attend four-year institutions. At least ninety-five percent attend top colleges.

From in-depth college advising to direct academic instruction, anti-racism work, and whole-family support, TeenSHARP has long provided innovative and comprehensive services.