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Teak Fellowship, Inc.

Transforming Live. Lifting Communities.

aka The TEAK Fellowship   |   New York, NY   |  https://teakfellowship.org/

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.

TEAK is a free program that helps talented students from low-income families achieve their potential. Through intensive after school and summer classes, TEAK prepares middle school students to get into the nation's most selective high schools and colleges. TEAK's strong support system ensures that students thrive in their independent (day and boarding) high schools and graduate from college, ready to pursue their professional goals and positively impact the world.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Dr. Denise Brown-Allen

Main address

16 West 22nd Street Ste 300

New York, NY 10010 USA

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EIN

13-4011465

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Middle School Program

In the spring of 6th grade, accepted students begin intensive programming to prepare for the high school placement process.

After a competitive six-month admission process, selected students are invited to join TEAK in the spring of 6th grade. Students then participate in a cycle of intensive academic programs to prepare them for the competitive admissions processes at selective high schools, as well as for future academic success. In addition to academic enrichment, students also gain exposure to the rich cultural and artistic offerings that NYC has to offer through projects and field trips.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

TEAK works closely with each family to guide them through the high school admission and financial aid application processes.

Providing comprehensive support in each student’s search for their best high school match, we help with applications, test prep and interview prep, and offer counsel on navigating the choices between selective public, parochial, and independent day and boarding schools. While TEAK does not guarantee that students will be accepted at specific schools, we do provide extensive support and guidance throughout the process and work closely with the schools, students, and families to help students take the next step on their educational journey.
Through TEAK, Fellows have access to selective public, parochial, and independent high school options.

TEAK provides four years of comprehensive programs and services to support high school students in competitive academic environments and to prepare them for admission and success at selective colleges. In addition to the programs listed below, students continue to participate in the Mentor Program and arts programming.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As students transition from high school, they will have access to dynamic programming geared towards college success and engagement across the TEAK classes. This additional component of TEAK encompasses check-ins and visits for first and second year students; group and individual academic, career, and financial aid counseling; a student-led mentorship program; academic and pre-professional workshops; internship opportunities; and bi-annual reunions.

TEAK provides college guidance including test prep, help with selecting best fit colleges, along with interview and financial aid workshops.

Beginning junior year of high school, TEAK provides comprehensive college guidance for Fellows and families to supplement the resources offered by high schools. TEAK offers comprehensive, individualized college counseling and financial aid support; workshops on the application process, college essays, college interviews, and financial aid; SAT preparation classes; and college trips.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

4-Star Charity Rating 2009

Charity Navigator

#1 Education & Literacy Program 2007

Contribute New York’s “Contribute 200 – Guide to Investor-Worthy Charities”

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Teak Fellowship, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Matthew Stopnik

RBC Capital Markets


Board co-chair

Robert Kalsow-Ramos

Apollo Global Management

Christopher Lanning

General Atlantic

Robert S. Kaplan

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Justine Stamen Arrillaga

Jared Horowitz

Newmark Knight Frank

Jonathan Bilzin

TowerBrook Capital Parnters

Jason Caldwell

Horace Mann School

Robert Kalsow-Ramos

Apollo

Christina Seda Acosta

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler

Judson Traphagen

Plough Penny Partners

Andrew K. Ferrer

General Atlantic

Jared Henricks

Centerbridge

Amy Hong

Goldman Sachs

Ehren Stenzler

LionTree

Kim Koopersmith

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

John Green

RG175

Adam Weinstein

Sidley Austin

Marc Becker

Apollo Global Management

Michael DeFlorioa

Harvest Partners

Susan Weiss

Blackstone

Alex Sloane

Garnett Station Partners

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/21/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.