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.
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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.
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!