We currently reach 400 students a year with college access services, and boast more than 120 alumni who have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.
We offer homework help and after-school tutoring to students at
- several middle and high schools throughout San Francisco
- the Alice Griffith public housing development
- our main location, 1201 Mendell St.
At Mendell St., we serve students a hot meal every night prepared by our volunteer chef Ross Rhodes, parent of three program alumni.
Our professional staff teach students how to take active roles in and advocate for their educational future. Students receive:
- monthly meetings with their academic coach
- ACT/SAT preparation
- help with the college search process, college applications
- financial aid guidance
- visits to HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) across the country
- visits to 2- and 4-year institutions in California
- the opportunity to earn college credits and access to SFSU campus resources through the Step to College program
We facilitate the Black Student Union program at Everett Middle School for 6th-8th grades.
We offer culturally relevant programming and academic coaching to students at high schools throughout San Francisco:
- Balboa High School
- Abraham Lincoln High School
- Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
- John O'Connell High School
- Willie L Brown Middle School
- Everett Middle School
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
We offer a group specifically for young men (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
- 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.
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.
There are also regular opportunities for parents to volunteer to help with our programs, including our annual musical showcase, where students have the chance to perform in a stage show for friends and family.