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First Graduate

San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA Etats-Unis USA

A San Francisco-based college success program that helps students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college ready to pursue meaningful careers.

First Graduate’s college access and success programs help students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college ready to pursue meaningful careers. Students receive targeted coaching over a 10-year period from sixth grade through college graduation. The support provided to each student includes preparing middle school students for high school, facilitating high school access to college and coaching college students up to graduation. First Graduate provides a total of over 129,000 hours of personalized coaching annually to ensure that participants can graduate.

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Introduction en Réalité Virtuelle

The Challenges

Les Challenges

Only 50% of Black and Latino students graduate high school in San Francisco
8 out of 10 San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Students come from a household without a college degree
Without adequate support only 4% are likely to graduate college
Only 11% of first generation student will graduate in college without help

Key facts Éléments Clés

Age Range Âge ciblé 11 — 22 11 à 22 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 510 510
Sectors Secteurs Education Education
Staff Personnel 17 17
Budget Budget $ 2,099,045 $2 099 045
Year established Lancement 2001 2001
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

College Access

First Graduate coaches high school students to ensure that they complete high school prepared to attend college. Students are provided with standardized test preparation, college application preparation, financial aid workshops, and access to summer enrichment opportunities and internships. Every student benefits from one-on-one coaching as they research college options and navigate the college application, financial aid & scholarship process. The program also includes academic tutoring and enrichment to help students attain a GPA of 3.3 or higher, as well as supporting them to develop tangible career readiness skills in order to obtain and succeed in internships.

College Success

First Graduate engages college students through academic advice and career coaching. It currently supports approximately 160 students attending colleges and universities around the country. First Graduate’s team is easy to access for students to help them work through personal and financial struggles, and to develop and implement their personalized Career Action Plan. Additionally, the team visits students on campus to connect with them and get a sense of how they are transitioning to college life.

Emerging Scholars

The Emerging Scholars program focuses on ramping up middle school students mathematics and language skills to a competitive level, as well as supporting students in applying to academically rigorous high schools. The program starts with a 5-week summer session and continues throughout the year within the after school tutoring program that supports students. Twice a week students receive tutoring hours to help them complete school assignments and improve study skills. In addition, the program helps students select and access the right high school and expose them to the breadth of careers available to someone with a college degree.

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