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The TEAK Fellowship

  • The TEAK Fellowship
  • 16 West 22nd Street
    3rd Floor
  • New York City, NY 10010
  • 212-288-6678
  • 1998

Program Description

Our 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.

The Need
A strong academic foundation is increasingly essential for personal advancement and professional success. Academic limitations, stemming from economic disadvantages, can permanently affect the course of young people's lives. Bright and enthusiastic students living in low-income households are routinely unchallenged and left with poor academic options. TEAK was created to reach these deserving students and offer educational access and opportunity. Through its Fellows, TEAK has the capacity to impact families, neighborhoods, schools, and workforces - a ripple effect of utmost importance for the future.

Following admission, TEAK students enter a rigorous and comprehensive six year program that builds a foundation for high school and college. Each program seeks to engage students in fostering intellectual curiosity, broadening communication skills, and encouraging community involvement through cultural and professional immersion. With a focus on future academic success and personal growth, each cycle of intensive programs looks to prepare and support students in highly selective high school and college admission processes.

Success Stories

"TEAK has helped me get to where I am now. I would not have attended Milton without TEAK, and I see Milton as a crucial stepping-stone in my life. The program has shaped me into who I am today, and I will always feel comfortable turning to TEAK if I need help. TEAK is part of my family. And I still keep in touch with my TEAK Mentor! Although his commitment to me was only for the five years that I was Fellow, we maintain a great relationship. We still find time to catch up on each other's lives. " - Jeff, Milton Academy '07, Claremont McKenna College '11

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 5%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 25%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 35%
  • Other: 9%
  • African American: 26%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 111
  • Middle School: 110
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 110
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Amherst College (10)
  • Barnard College (7)
  • Brown University (14)
  • Claremont McKenna College (2)
  • Cornell University (9)
  • Duke University (3)
  • Georgetown University (1)
  • Haverford College (4)
  • Middlebury College (5)
  • New York University (2)
  • Saint Joseph's University (1)
  • Tufts University (3)
  • Washington University in St Louis (1)
  • Wesleyan University (14)
  • Yale University (6)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 93%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 78%