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TEAK Fellowship, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development

Mission: The TEAK Fellowship believes that motivation and potential, not economic circumstances, should determine a student’s future. TEAK unlocks access to outstanding education and transformative experiences for exceptional NYC students, who use these opportunities to change their lives and the world around them.

Results: • Founded in 1998 with one class of 22 Fellows, TEAK has grown to serve 177 current Fellows and 250 accomplished Alumni. • 100% of 8th-grade Fellows have been placed at top independent, public, and parochial high schools. These students have earned $5.2 million in need-based financial aid packages. • 100% of TEAK Fellows have matriculated to 4-year colleges. Entering college freshman received financial aid awards covering 90% of total college tuition costs in 2015. • 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 177 Fellows

Geographic areas served: NYC

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.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Terrific organization helping bright kids reach their potential!
Bravo for the work TEAK does.

Judson T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization. Doing great work, and very well run. I donate to it, and I hope more people do too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome non-profit, with a great selection system for identifying talent, and a huge impact on the children they serve!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Their students are amazing and a dream to work with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I spent 41 years reporting about education for NPR and PBS and during that time have reported on and spent time with lots of groups whose goal it is to help able kids, and with plenty of those young people as well. TEAK and TEAK students absolutely stand out, TEAK for its long-term commitment to each and every student; the kids for their desire to grow, achieve and give back. It's clearly tough to get into TEAK, but, once students are accepted, TEAK staff and volunteers do everything possible to enable those young people to succeed. And TEAK never seems to forget families, making sure that they know how critical they are, empowering them, inviting them on the journey. All in all, TEAK is a treasure.

Ilene3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter was accepted into the TEAK FELLOWSHIP exactly 1 year ago. She has blossomed into a great smart intelligent young lady. They have helped her with so many aspects of her life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TEAK is an amazing program that helped me become the leader I am today. My motivation and thirst for knowledge is a direct result of the dedicated staff and insightful programming! Thank you TEAK!!!

1 Sherry67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teak is the best thing that had happened to my son. He has grown in this wonderful young man with the help and support of the teak family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The TEAK Fellowship is one of those biggest supporters in someone's life. If someone can gain an entrance to TEAK and keep up the work within and beyond TEAK's expectations, then they know that they have a successful future ahead of them. Every thing that they do helps you not only now but also in the future.

I don't know where I would have been without TEAK. This organization is more than a typical organization to me because it holds much more importance to me than that. Thank you SO MUCH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The TEAK Fellowship is an awesome organization. The manner in which they teach, coach, mentor and support fellows and their families is extraordinary.

My son and I have had a wonderful experience thus far and I'm looking forward to a life long partnership with the TEAK Fellowship

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Teak is the best thing that could have happened to us. Teak is helping my son to achieve academic success, in order to achieve a good High School and he is working for the next step (University),Teak has a family atmosphere, they always give "us"support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

1 susanjosephs

Former staff

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.