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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
Cousins Jacqueline "Jackie" Cohen and Diane Gray started 100% College Prep in 1999. They'd volunteered at a neighborhood community center in the Bayview-Hunters Point and soon discovered the poor academic performance of a large number of African-American youth. Struggling both academically and socially, these young people had very limited opportunities to attain any postsecondary education.
Seeing this as a major problem, Jackie and Diane worked with San Francisco Educational Services to create an after-school academic support program. Diane had a tradition of making “100%” necklaces for young family members as a reminder to them to always give 100%, so it seemed like a natural fit to name the program 100% College Prep.
Jackie and Diane focused on supporting youth with average grades to achieve academic excellence. They arranged for university students to provide tutoring in math, science, foreign languages, and English, and offered monthly academic workshops and advising services, operating on a shoestring budget with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. The first five students graduated in 2001 and were all accepted into 4-year postsecondary institutions.
That same year, the Bayview Community Center, founded in 1954, invited 100% College Prep to share its space, a historic three-story Victorian house at 1201 Mendell Street. In 2011, they donated the entire building to 100% College Prep, and a team of volunteer contractors and parents raised money for materials and helped convert the space into a college resource center with computers, an extensive college resource library, classroom spaces, and an operations office.
In 2006, 100% College Prep registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization under the name Bayview Association for Youth. We currently reach 400 students a year with college access services, and boast more than 120 alumni who have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.