TEEP is a 5-week summer program that includes academic enrichment, leadership development, peer mentorship, paid employment, and high school and college admissions support.
A typical day starts with a centering values discussion in morning meeting followed by sessions focused on developing academic confidence and a love of learning through project-based curricula. In the afternoon, TEEPers are engaged in experiential learning through field trips that promote self-efficacy, community connectedness, and resilience.
High schoolers in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) serve as paid counselors and mentors to their younger peers. They also receive training and coaching in developing personal goals and professional skills.
Nick adds: “TEEP gave me a lot of confidence. I wasn’t always the smartest in the class, but TEEP made me feel I could do well if I put my mind to it.”
As an LDPer, he built life skills like punctuality and organization that he took with him into the workplace. In parallel, he developed core values of respect, responsibility, restraint, reciprocity, and redemption (known as TEEP’s “5 R’s”). He feels that TEEP helped shape him into the person he is today, sharing, “If the world knew the 5 R’s, it’d be a better place.”