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Education and Academic Support / College Readiness and Retention

The TEAK Fellowship

In 2016, the foundation continued its support for the Teak Fellowship, which focuses on generating access to high quality educational opportunities for motivated New York City youth. Established in 1998, TEAK is an academic and personal enrichment program for youth starting in sixth grade and extending beyond college graduation. Acceptance is based on financial need, academic motivation, and talent. TEAK begins preparing youth in the spring of sixth grade to gain admission to top public, independent, and parochial high schools, and to succeed once enrolled.

TEAK students embark on a 16-month cycle of programs to prepare for the competitive admissions process to selective high schools. Preparatory programs include the Spring Intensive, a six-week after-school academic program; two Summer Institutes, six-week intensive programs in English, Math, Latin, Science, Research, and Arts; a test preparation course; and comprehensive high school placement guidance to help navigate the admissions and financial aid application processes. Among TEAK Fellows, 100 percent graduated from high school and were accepted to four-year colleges and universities, with over 96 percent admitted to selective schools.