Trinity Education for Excellence Program

The Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) empowers students to achieve excellence through our tuition-free character and leadership development programs.

TEEP’s mission is to establish a safe and supportive community with Boston’s Youth of Color where every member is inspired to discover, empowered to achieve, and individually affirmed.

TEEP Programming

We recruit TEEP participants during their 6th grade year. Once admitted they are enrolled for three consecutive summers, after which they are eligible to participate in the Leadership Development Program for the four years of high school.

TEEP Summer Session consists of 5-weeks of academic, cultural, and community enrichment wherein the focus is on building supportive relationships and fostering a love of learning. Through project-based academic work and experiential learning opportunities that include rowing, sailing, yoga, creative writing, and photography, TEEP helps students develop academic confidence and discover their voice.

Academic-Year Sessions consists of monthly events where the focus is to foster community engagement, individual agency, and active leadership through:

  • Social & cultural community events (MS & LDP)
  • Access to academic support (MS & LDP)
  • Practice in short & long-term goal setting (LDP)
  • Job-readiness training (LDP)

When necessary, we offer referrals to other organizations or city services as a means to secure holistic support for each student and their family.

We employ a three-way lens when implementing our direct service, training our staff, and engaging with organizational/school partners.  As with all three TBF programs, TEEP pedagogy is rooted in Racial-Equity Awareness & Learning, Trauma-Informed Care, and Restorative Justice Practices.

How TEEP Achieves its Mission

Values-based Programming

All curriculum for both Middle School and High School students engages the programs core values:

  • The 5Rs: Respect, responsibility, restraint, reciprocity and redemption
  • GIVE: Gratitude, integrity, intentionality, influence, vision and enthusiasm

Near-Peer Mentorship

Middle School students are mentored by TEEP Summer Alumni (members of the Leadership Development Program)

LDP students are mentored by one another AND college-aged alumni.

TEEP Summer Session is almost entirely staffed by program alumni (the exception being five out of seven faculty member)

Goal Setting & Achievement

All TEEP students set and achieve personal, academic, and/or career goals, supported by mentor involvement and programmatic curriculum.

College & Career Readiness

Middle School students have the chance to explore new experiences and opportunities through field trips guest speakers, and academic support.

The High School Admission Program at TEEP offers all eighth-grade TEEP participants and their families one-to-one coaching and community workshops that help them navigate the complex process of high school admissions in Boston.  The program’s goal is to place every participant in a best-fit high school. TEEP also offers a free Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) test preparation course for students to help them gain entrance to Boston’s exam schools and a variety of independent schools.

LDP students receive 1:1 support in completing the college admissions process and/or preparing for best-fit post-secondary plans. We host college tours, career panels, and training sessions. LDP participants who meet the necessary requirements are eligible to work in the summer as counselors and mentors for the next generation of middle school students. We do our best to connect our students with enriching employment in and out of TEEP.

Our partnership with Inversant, a college savings and informational program,  prepares students and families to manage the cost of post-secondary education.

Finally, our LDP curriculum prepares students with the skills necessary for the professional world and adult life including: budgeting & saving; inclusion & safety; conflict resolution;  interpersonal skills; and collaborative work,  and problem-solving. Our alumni have become active leaders committed to social justice and public service.

All graduates from TEEP’s high school Leadership Development Program have completed college or armed services training within five years of matriculating.