We currently reach 400 students a year with college access services, and boast more than 120 alumni who have earned undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees.
By the numbers
100% of our students graduate from high school or earn a GED
100% of our students go on to some type of postsecondary education (4-year, 2-year, or vocational school)
75% of our students increased their school attendance
70%+ of our high school seniors are accepted to 4-year institutions
The strategies we've created and refined since 1999 help youth and parents understand what it takes to get into and complete college.
Our professional staff teach students how to take active roles in and advocate for their educational future. And our public and private partnerships allow us to create multi-faceted programs where students can thrive as they explore education and career opportunities. We work to implement systemic change and close educational achievement gaps for students of color alongside organizations including the San Francisco Unified School District, the SF Alliance of Black School Educators, My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper, and College Bound Brotherhood. And we facilitate the Black Student Union program at Everett Middle School for 6th-8th grades.
On Monday-Thursday afternoons, we offer academic support services to students at several middle and high schools throughout San Francisco, at the Alice Griffith public housing development, and at our main location, 1201 Mendell St. (where we offer students a hot meal every night prepared by our volunteer chef Ross Rhodes, parent of a program alumnus). On Friday evenings, we host Step to College in partnership with San Francisco State University (SFSU), which gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits and gives them access to SFSU campus resources.
We organize an annual college tour that takes high school students to HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) across the country. Over the course of a week, they typically visit six schools. We also organize several visits each year to 2- and 4-year institutions in California, like San Francisco State University, Laney Community College, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, City College of San Francisco, UC Davis, and San Jose State University.
In the summers, we focus on students who are making up credits at summer school. We work with Young Community Developers to offer training in both workforce development as well as postsecondary goals. Once students have finished their summer school classes, they go on to a job via the Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program (MYEEP).
At our Parent Academy, parents learn how to be their children’s educational mentors by supporting them through the college prep and admission process. And there are regular opportunities for parents to volunteer to help with our programs, including our annual musical showcases, where students have the chance to perform in a stage show for friends and family.
We also offer a group specifically for young men (called Brothers Making Change) and another for young women. Much like college fraternities and sororities, these groups teach young people of color to be effective leaders and to use their academic skills to analyze issues relevant to their success. We’ve created workshops around themes like bullying and the legal system, and collaborated with the SF Unified School District on Solutions not Suspensions, their initiative to focus on disciplinary solutions other than suspension.