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First Graduate

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews 2,694

Address:

3130 20th Street, Suite 275 San Francisco CA 94110 USA

Mission:

First Graduate's mission is to help students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college, well-prepared to launch meaningful careers.

Results:

Our long-term, individualized approach successfully meets the needs of first-generation youth. To-date, 100 percent of First Graduate high school seniors has graduated from high school and enrolled in college. 88% of First Graduate high school graduates are eligible for the California State University system compared to 52% in the San Francisco Unified School district (SFUSD number also includes non-first generation students); 68% of our high school graduates are eligible for the University of California system. By comparison 18% of Black and Latino students in California graduate eligible to attend a CSU and 6% graduate eligible to attend UC schools. Our students are attending schools across the nation such as San Francisco State University, Harvard, Chapman University, the University of California, Los Angeles, Tufts University, and more.

Target demographics:

First Graduate works exclusively with aspiring first-generation college graduates -- students who come from families with no college tradition. The majority of our students are immigrants or children of immigrants who receive either free or reduced-price lunch.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

More than 320, plus their families.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco, CA

Programs:

First Graduate's effective college access and success program helps more than 370 San Francisco-based students each year. In the spring of 2014, we enrolled our 13th class of new students recruited from San Francisco public middle schools. We coach our students for 10 years as they journey from middle school to high school, from high school to college, and from college into their first careers. We provide year-round academic instruction, tutoring and support; high school and college counseling; mentoring; family engagement activities; career exploration activities; and college scholarships and support.

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1 person found this review helpful

The social ladder is only as strong as societies willingness to invest in the next generation. First Graduate plays a critical role in helping students first in their families to graduate from college. This not only benefits the student, but makes a lasting positive impact on their family and our communities.

 
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First Graduate is an amazing non-profit. The kids who participate in the program are truly inspirational, accomplishing something that no one in their family has done before. A college degree is a fantastic accomplishment, and First Graduate is making that possible for so many kids! I feel very lucky to be involved with this program and all it has to offer!

 
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First Graduate offers dedicated staff and supporters to children as early as middle school, working with them to finish high school, gain admission to college and become the first in their family to graduate. Services include tutoring, mentoring, counseling, test preparation and a variety of career-focused activities, such as the opportunity to visit professionals and learn about jobs that they had no idea existed. First Graduate does so much for so many and is working hard to be able to increase the number of students involved in the program. Learn more about this truly great non-profit at the First Graduate website - http://firstgraduate.org.

 
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First Graduate provides essential opportunities to young people in San Francisco who aspire to be the first in their families to receive college educations. Because those served by First Graduate receive years of academic support and services geared toward college admission and excellence, these students are able to gain the skills needed to become college graduates. These services are vital to ending the cycle of poverty and closing the opportunity gaps that prevent all students from achieving their dreams.

 
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I'm grateful to First Graduate because my daughter wouldn't be in college without it.

 
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First Graduate is an inspiring nonprofit organization. It has an incredibly passionate and committed staff and an excellent, proven program. I was lucky enough to have some of the students visit my offices on "career day" and it was such a treat to see how engaged and thoughtful even the middle school students were about jobs and college and success. The staff has found a formula that seems to work incredibly well and it's inspiring to be a part of helping such a wonderful organization scale it's impact.

 
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I have been involved with First Graduate for a few years. The Staff is incredibly passionate and committed. The students are provided a thorough and thoughtful progression from 7th grade through college to help them be first in their family to go to college. They students and their families are passionate about leveraging all of the services provided by First Graduate to get into college and avail themselves of a quality education.

 
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In seventh grade, I became a student of First Graduate. My middle school faced challenges typical of inner-city schools serving low-income kids of color: poor-quality education, gang problems, lack of resources, etc. The First Graduate staff and volunteers truly believed in my abilities and potential, and always encouraged me to reach for the best. Thanks to their guidance, I was admitted to one of the best high schools in San Francisco. I struggled a lot initially, but I always had their support to push me forward and help me become a student who not only excelled in school, but who was carefully preparing for college as well. Four years later, First Graduate staff and volunteers worked hard to guide me through the rigorous college application process. Lots of essay-editing and many questions about financial aid later, I was admitted to all ten of the schools to which I had applied, including Harvard, which is where I ultimately attended. But the support didn't end there! First Graduate staff, and my FG mentor, continued to check up on me throughout my years at Harvard. They provided (and still provide!) me with letters of recommendations to fellowships, grants, jobs, etc. and therefore I have been able to enrich my education even further through meaningful work and travel. I am proud to be a first-generation college graduate and a First Graduate alumna, and am forever indebted to the staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts to help me succeed. My personal mission now is to help other low-income kids of color through education, so that I can share all that First Graduate has given me. My life is a testimony to the effectiveness, organization, and dedication of this comprehensive, life-changing non-profit. This is why I give First Graduate 5 stars!

 
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I started with First as a mentor to kids that are about to enter high school with the goal of being the first in family to graduate college. Now, over 13 years later, I serve on the board of this great cause and am consistently impressed with the ability to deliver at such a high level to their students. The program is dedicated to help their students choose the right high school, tutor and mentor them through high school, pick a college suitable to their goals, and stick with them through college to graduation. Students who have been through the program have accomplished so much and come back to the program to help mentor younger students towards their goals. The staff, volunteers and the board work tirelessly to improve the program and achieve their goals of more and more students becoming the first in their family to graduate college.

 
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I've been involved with First Graduate for 2 years. Ever since joining I've been inspired by the caliber of students that the organization recruits and the commitment that the staff shows day in and day out. The combination of the two makes for a highly impactful program that changes that lives of students who otherwise may not have made it to college.

 
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