You gotta love learning about great program that you didn’t know anything about. This week, for me, it’s the Teak Fellowship.
“The TEAK Fellowship helps talented New York City students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges.”
More than academics, Teak provides support and learning exposure opportunities to promote student growth and achievement.
“…TEAK provides leadership training, exposure to the arts and outdoors, mentoring, career experience, and assistance with the high school and college application processes.”
TEAK Founder Justine Stamen Arrillaga found the motivation and impetus for Teak in the lives of a students and friends, Teak Dyer (1970-1988) and DeWitt White (1980-1997).
“…Teak was an outstanding student, upstanding citizen, and friend of Justine’s. DeWitt, a former student of Justine’s, was a profoundly gifted musician.
Both were casualties of complicated urban problems, murdered at young ages – Teak in Los Angeles, DeWitt in New York. This program aims to draw on their spirits and to change the lives of talented young people who come after them.”
TEAK has placed students in more than 25 boarding schools and currently serves 150 Fellows and 100 Alumni.