TEAK Fellowship, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Location: 16 West 22nd Street 3rd Floor New York NY 10010 USA

Mission: The TEAK Fellowship helps talented New York City students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges. Along with academic support, TEAK provides leadership training, exposure to the arts and outdoors, mentoring, career experience, and assistance with the high school and college application processes.
Results: • Founded in 1998 with one class of 22 Fellows, TEAK has grown to serve 175 Fellows annually, accepting classes of 30 new students each year, and the program has 228 accomplished Alumni. • 100% of 8th-grade Fellows have been placed at top independent, public, and parochial high schools. These students have earned $43 million in need-based financial aid packages. • 100% of TEAK Fellows have matriculated to 4-year colleges - 93% of whom matriculated to top tier national universities or liberal arts colleges, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, including 26% to the Ivy League. These students have earned $36 million in need-based scholarships and financial aid. • TEAK Alumni are pursuing impactful endeavors including engineering, medical school, teaching, finance, a Fulbright Scholarship, law school, AmeriCorps service, a White House internship, pharmacology, and journalism.
Programs: Upon being admitted to TEAK in the 6th grade, students participate in a cycle of intensive programs to prepare for the competitive admissions process to selective public, parochial, and independent high schools, as well as for future academic growth and success. This preparatory programming includes: the Spring Intensive, a six-week after-school academic program; two six-week full-day Summer Institutes, with intensive academics and arts; a Test Preparation course; High School Placement guidance to navigate the admission and financial aid application processes for high school; a Writing & Algebra Course; and a Mentor Program. After placement in top high schools, TEAK continues with four years of programs and services to support Fellows in rigorous academic environments and to prepare them for admission and success in four-year colleges. Post-Placement Programs include: Academic Counseling; School Check-Ins & Visits; Tutoring; the Mentor Program; a Community Service Program; Arts Programming; Public Service & Private Enterprise Summer Internships; Summer Enrichment Experiences including outdoor education and study abroad; and College Guidance Counseling including SAT preparation and college trips. As Fellows transition to college, they become Alumni of the Fellowship and have access to a network of support coordinated through an Alumni Program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

TEAK is an incredible organization - extremely well-run and with a clear and important purpose. It manages to find super talented students from low-income backgrounds and changes the direction of their lives through high-touch mentorship and by helping them get into top boarding schools and New York prep schools. I've been fortunate enough to be involved first as a mentor and then as a junior board member, and I've been able to see firsthand the quality of the staff and the organization.

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TEAK does wonders. I could not imagine my life without all the opportunities that TEAK has given to me. I am eternally grateful for this organization and the people who work for it.

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This program changed my life. I'm at a top private school, traveled to Europe last year, and feel happy and intellectually stimulated and challenged at my school.
All of this and more is thanks to TEAK. My peers are amazing, brilliant, and hilarious. The staff really works hard and they all radiate a passion for education and chsnging our lives. I am proud and grateful for being a TEAK Fellow.

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I saw Teak staff members go above and beyond to make sure the kids had fun in addition to all there hard work. After class they had game night for the kids with popcorn, cookies and chess, backgammon, clue and other games. A new experience for many of them and an important one.

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I can't possibly say good enough things about TEAK. They deeply care about each and every one of their individual students for ~10 years, helping them with everything from middle school homework to getting high-quality internships during college. Just walking into the TEAK building / office / classroom is inspiring and makes one want to strive for more.

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TEAK is a fantastic organization with an amazing mission. There are plenty of nonprofits that have the latter but their ability to execute and deliver for the cause is questionable. TEAK really delivers. The students they find for the program and the extra (well rounded) education the program provides the students are obvious upon spending five minutes with any of the Fellows. But the proof is in the results. The secondary schools into which TEAK Fellows are accepted (and are able to attend thanks to incredible financial aid packages TEAK helps them receive) are second to none and the success the Fellows achieve in these schools (and in turn at the top universities they achieve) is staggering.

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Interning with TEAK has been one of the best experiences ever and has definitely been THE best internship I've ever had. I am constantly inspired by all of the dedicated staff members of TEAK who relentlessly champion the potential of students who do not have the resources to do so on their own. The abundant success stories from TEAK students prove that such personalized guidance is what every young adult should have as they enter into the professional world. Being apart of an organization that make the world a better place means that I am apart of something meaningful and that's all I or anyone else can really ask for. THANK YOU, TEAK.

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When I received my acceptance into TEAK I did not realize how much my life would change. TEAK has helped me in so many ways and I would not be where I am today without TEAK. The TEAK Fellowship is a family with thoughtful and caring staff members and amazing students who have become lifelong friends. I love TEAK!

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The organization, its mission and approach resonated with me from the time I first learned about it and I have been involved since. Seeing how positively the program influences its participants is truly remarkable. There are a lot of similar programs around NY, but I think that TEAK is one of the most thoughtful given the amount of attention they provide to the students.

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There are lots of programs that attempt to do what the TEAK Fellowship does, but no organization that does it nearly as well, in my opinion, and I am very familiar with the low-income/ education landscape. TEAK students are bright, driven, capable, hard working and outgoing. In short, they become real difference makers in their high school and college communities. Much of that has to do with TEAK and the thousands of hours it spends preparing them for academic and personal success. When you hear about--and see first hand--what TEAK does to prepare these students, it honestly blows your mind. It is an amazing, comprehensive program with the results to back it up.

I strongly encourage you to get involved in this organization, which holds fun volunteer events throughout the year that are posted on Volunteermatch.

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