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Teak Fellowship, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   31 reviews 2,389

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Address:

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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2 people found this review helpful

My daughter was a member of TEAK and we have gained so much from it. We were able to hear about so many different opportunities that we as parents did not know we could give to her. For her older brother we were not prepared for the college process and did not know about the financial aid he could receive so we are so happy TEAK came in time for her and was also able to help him by teaching us. TEAK has helped my daughter, my son and our entire family have a better life through the doors it opens for us. I am incredible grateful and volunteer to help TEAK whenever I can. I have known the organization for ten years now and hope it continues to grow.

 
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TEAK is by far the best organization that I have ever seen. This place sets up limitless amount of opportunities for students. They don't say that the sky is the limit because you can go farther than the sky. TEAK challenges you to become a better person every single day (something that I have seen in very few places). This organization will make sure that their students will shine in the world and they will become the world's greatest assets.

 
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Every single day I come to TEAK and am happy that I am there. When I am looking at the youngest class, Class 18, code, I feel so excited that they have the opportunity to learn something new. Now there is the admission season for the future students of TEAK, Class 19. It has already begun and the members of this future batch will also feel the same amount of excitement and passion that probably every fellows have felt with TEAK. TEAK is a life-changer and everything about it is awesome!!!

 
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As an educator, who has taught in a myriad of venues in the USA, I can honestly say that The TEAK Fellowship is an exceptional program. I was privileged to teach an analytical writing and reading informational text course to TEAK 7th and 8th graders. Observing students as they hone their academic abilities, develop their talents, refine and utilize their emotional intelligence, become extraordinary writers, students and citizens who benefit from and appreciate the most phenomenal educational experiences that TEAK provides verified what I knew was possible from an educational program. "Life changing" does not begin to describe what TEAK offers, because, not only are TEAK students' lives altered, but they then turn around and transform the lives of others, both around them, and around the world. This is truly an educational project that works beyond one's wildest expectations. TEAK prepares students to succeed at the top boarding and day schools, extraordinary colleges, and graduate schools that they attend. And, because of this experience these students become well-rounded, citizens of the world, giving back and understanding just how education can change lives. TEAK is a gold standard for educational programs that work.

 
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TEAK is a game changer for the most deserving and brightest population of students in New York City. TEAK not only helps smart kids gain access to world class educations, they also instill the qualities of leadership and citizenship.

 
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If I never knew about or got accepted into Teak, I know I would be a completely different person from the one I am today. I would have never applied to the school where I can not only challenge myself by taking rigorous course, but where I can also be myself without judgement. Even now as I am going through the college application process, Teak has provided me with all the support I could ever need to get through this. If it wasn't for Teak I wouldn't be where I am today.

 
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Well, a year ago, I got accepted into The TEAK Fellowship and I can honestly say it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have had a chance to meet so many different people that within knowing me for a couple of months already wanted me to succeed. From my perspective, TEAK is an excellent and striving community and it has slowly made me an excellent and striving student. I can say I have definitely grown from the first time I stepped in here. Currently, we are working on high school applications. I am, as of today, officially done with my high school application and ready to send it off to all these amazing high schools TEAK has exposed me to. I've also gotten a chance to meet and learn more about other students who were once in my position and are now TEAK alumni. In the end, The TEAK Fellowship has allowed me to grow and learn more about who I am, and it continues to help other striving young minds do the same.

 
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It is great place for teenagers and young adults. They provide great guidance and support for the young people. They help the parents too.

 
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My daughter was accepted.into TEAK Fellowship in 2014 and I can honestly say its a life changing experience for her. She really loves the people that work.their she said its family.oriented and she also.likes all of her mentors. she looks forward to going there 2xs a week. Her dream is to work with animals and I know with teaks help her dream will come true.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

TEAK is a life-changer. I am now applying to high school and TEAK is helping me in every step of the way. I wouldn't have ever thought of applying to independent schools due to financial problems, but now I feel like this is a completely new opportunity that I am getting due to TEAK. I love TEAK and I will always do. I have learned so many things from this place that I will never forget in my life. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

 
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