Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development, Inc. exists to serve Syracuse area high school students from economically disadvantaged communities by providing a consistent means for arts & design portfolio development and mentorship. Through its unique social entrepreneurship approach to youth talent development, Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development, Inc. aims to present an enduring model for developing creative leadership capacity in public education settings and 21st century urban life. This program initiative adheres to the essential principle that personal talent creates its own portals of access, a form of agency that defies society’s low expectations for students from persistently underserved backgrounds. The work of Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development, Inc. is premised on the fundamental value of investing in educational strategies that help its graduates open the door to college admission today, while preparing career tracks that will support the economic development of their communities tomorrow. To this end, Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development, Inc. utilizes the expertise of university faculty, graduate students and undergraduate majors to provide college-level technical instruction, materials, and advisement supporting the overall development of competitive application portfolios.