Proven Models

The TEAK Fellowship

The TEAK Fellowship was established in 1998 to help motivated New York City students gain admission to top pubic, independent, and parochial high schools, and to succeed once enrolled. TEAK is one of the few outcomes-driven college access and persistence support programs that recruits students in the middle school years. TEAK’s high-achieving, low-income students participate in a six-and-a-half-year fellowship comprised of academic support, mentoring, college success planning, leadership training, and career guidance; 84% of admitted students have completed or are active in the program. With our continued support, TEAK has greatly expanded its program and now features a college success program to support TEAK alumni through the college years. TEAK guides students through course selection, conducts personal visits on their respective campuses, hosts career exploration and readiness workshops through partner companies during holiday breaks and summers, and helps students and families renew their financial aid requests annually. Ninety percent of TEAK 8th graders gain admission to selective high schools with financial aid packages and 89% go on to graduate from college.

Thanks to Heckscher’s generous and ongoing financial assistance, the TEAK Fellowship has unlocked access to our nation’s most renowned schools, colleges, and universities for 500 exceptional New York City students from our most under-resourced communities.
John Green, Executive Director, TEAK Fellowship
John Green headshot for TEAK