Teptu believes that attracting young people to STEM and entrepreneurship is the key to closing the achievement gap, and eradicating the disparity in academic performance between disadvantaged and privileged students. In an effort to break the cycle of poverty in low-income communities, Teptu equips these students with the tools needed to learn about academic and life disciplines at an early age. Teptu's access programs provide extended learning opportunities to supplement and enhance in-school learning. The U.S. has lagged behind other countries in terms of global competitiveness in recent years; our competitiveness will improve only if we start molding the next generation of innovators at a young age.
Teptu would like to achieve the following goals within in a period of 5 years:
- Provide Low-income students access to extended learning environments that are aligned with the science and STEM components of Kindergarten through 12th-grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
- Create an Opportunity for students in low-income neighborhoods to achieve academic growth and eradicate the disparity in academic performance of lower-income and higher-income areas.
- Grant access to development and enrichment programs throughout the academic year but also during the summer to prevent summer learning loss.
- Facilitate learning in an enjoyable, interactive, nurturing manner to keep students engaged and interested in learning and yielding a higher return on retaining information
- Provide differentiated learning tools, allowing participants to learn at an individual pace
- Equip low-income students with the tools needed to pursue STEM disciplines, academically and ultimately as professional if so inspired.
- Provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) discipline and career exposure through STEM presentations, field trips and outside activities.
- Provide students with an entrepreneurs program that will help disadvantaged students understand finance, taxes and how to be manage people.
Teptu received its IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status in 2015. In addition to launching the science research and entrepreneurship competition, Teptu began as a way to provide low-cost after-school services to children in low-income households. We have often waived tuition altogether for high-need families lacking discretionary income in our predecessor for-profit programs. However, in the current economic climate, Teptu is stretched beyond its capacity to continue our worthwhile programs for disadvantaged youth without additional philanthropic support.
How Teptu Differs From Other Agencies.
Youth-development programs are increasingly recognized as playing a valuable role in improving academic achievement. However, the expectations for how such programs support young people’s engagement and learning are generally limited.
Teptu's program goals are more rigorous than those of most existing after-school and summer programs. While most other out-of-school time STEM programs may aim to promote active, yet more cursory participation in STEM learning opportunities, Teptu's focus is on long-term STEM skills development. Teptu's ultimate goal is to prepare our participants for success in intermediate- and high-school, college and for pursuing STEM disciplines and for careers in STEM. Furthermore, Teptu focuses on equipping these students with a vigorous entrepreneurs program which includes: Leadership and Communication Seminars, Meditation and Handling Stress, Introduction to Tax Filing, Introduction to Finances, and Introduction to Commercialization. Teptu strongly believes, that students in the STEM field who display strong entrepreneur qualities, will be our next generation leaders to come up with the next cure, therapy, and solution to various problems we face in our society.