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Phone: 415.561.3450
Presidio of San Francisco
P.O. Box 29415

San Francisco
California 94129
USA
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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 260, plus their families.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Volunteers can serve as academic coaches or tutors at least once a week for two hours after school. Additional volunteer opportunities include: college advisory coaching, SAT test preparation coaching, college application support, personal statement writing, coaching, career advisory coaching, career day hosting, career panel participant, informational interviewing, mentoring, student evaluating, and marketing, fundraising or event assistance.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, CA

Programs: First Graduate's effective college access and success program helps more than 260 San Francisco-based students each year. In the spring of 2012, we enrolled our 11th class of new students recruited from five San Francisco public middle schools: Horace Mann, James Lick, Marina, Roosevelt (all part of SFUSD) and KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (a public charter school).

Our program model provides students with a comprehensive and complementary array of support, including: year-round academic instruction, tutoring and support; high school and college counseling; mentoring; family engagement activities; career exploration activities; and college scholarships and support.

Mission:
First Graduate's mission is to help students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college.
Results:
Our long-term, individualized approach successfully meets the needs of first-generation youth. To-date, 100 percent of all First Graduate high school seniors has graduated from high school and enrolled in college.

92% of all First Graduate high school graduates are eligible for California State University campuses
64% are eligible for University of California campuses. 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, Santa Cruz, Tufts University, and more.

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12/21/12
I have always been impressed by the degree to which First Graduate engages its students and the dedication and strategic thinking exhibited by the organization’s staff. What I feel sets First Graduate apart is the long-term commitment it provides to its students. Not only does the organization ... more »
12/13/12
My first encounter with First Graduate came in 2003 when I was looking for opportunities to tutor high school students in reading and writing. That year of working with the first cohort of students (now all college grads!) as well as the sharp and dedicated staff led me to accept an invitation to ... more »
11/22/10
I became a mentor in the first class of First Graduate in 2000. My student is close to graduating from UC Santa Cruz this year. I have also been a tutor at various times. It has been a wonderful experience. FG has an outstanding staff and a great group of volunteers. All along as a ... more »
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