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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to achieve educational equity, and support students-with-need to access and complete higher education to positively impact their communities and the world. Our vision is that every student has the support and resources to earn a college degree and achieve his/her potential,regardless of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

Results: 84% of our students graduate from 4-year colleges compared to 54% of all students nationally. || 100% of our students are from low-income backgrounds and 90% will be the first in their families to attend college || 84% are students of color. We award scholarships and help students find other financial aid grants, which has resulted in a total package of $21,148 per student.

Target demographics: underserved students get into and through college.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,300 students and parents through our programs

Geographic areas served: the North Bay

Programs: college admission and financial counseling, mentoring, workshops, scholarships, and support throughout college.

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before discovering 10,000 degrees college was not an option for me. After enrolling in their program and applying for their scholarship I am now attending Sonoma State and am on m way to graduate in the near future. I would never have thought that this would be an option to me. I am so grateful for having found them and academic wise it has been one of the best decisions I've made

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can say without a doubt that 10,000 Degrees is one of the top non-profit organizations I've ever experienced. As a low income, first generation senior at San Rafael High School in the 2010-2011 school year, I received a multitude of support in my college applications, scholarship assistance, test preparation, and expectation pressures for my role in society. When I received my 4-year acceptance letter, my relationship with 10,000 Degrees never ceased.

Now as a a first year Teach for America teacher in Richmond, 10,000 Degrees has helped instill college bounded minds inside my sometimes challenging, but incredible 6th graders. 10,000 Degrees came to deliver fun, goal oriented, and inspiring workshops and coupled the education with a staff and first generation student led student panel and field trip to UC Berkeley! They did all this and I am already an alumni.

Starting off as a student served, transitioning to a college student working as a Student Advisor for rising juniors and volunteering as a Mentor for a sweet senior, to currently a young professional serving as a Board Member of one of their scholarship organizations, and maintaining my ties with the beautiful staff: 10,000 Degrees is an infinity organization in my heart.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is one of the main factors I am in college right now. From the college application process to the financial difficulties, this program has taught me how to succeed in college while helping me ease my worries on finances.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Extremely helpful and caring organization! Who have suported me throughout my college experience!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

10,000 degrees has been more than helpful in my college career! They help you with anything! They are always there also reminding us about important dates and keeping in touch with us.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is one of the best nonprofit organizations in Northern California. This organization embraces the true meaning of family and integrity. Without 10,000 Degrees my dream of attending college would not be possible

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

10,000 degrees has been a huge help for both me and my family. I believe that they are the reason that I was able to succeed through high school. The whole staff is a friendly crew and have been some of the best advisors for me.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees really helped me prepare financially and emotionally to go to college. Such a great program filled with caring and compassionate people who genuinely want to help students achieve their dreams!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first generation, immigrant student who grew up in a single parent household, I can easily say that 10,000 Degrees definitely made a difference in the path I chose for myself. While growing up, I was always told that I had to attend college, but I did not know what that implied. Luckily, one day I filled out a random application and this turned out to be the 10,000 Degrees application for a summer program. I was accepted into the program and over the summer I learned so much about college. I learned that there are perks to it as well as difficulties. Somehow, rather than feeling discouraged by the difficulties of it, I learned that I could prevail through these struggles. It was thanks to the alumni and the current students in the program that I realized this because there was a big sense of support and it was a safe space for those who doubted their ability to get to and through college. I am very thankful today to have become part of this organization that has taught me so much and that I continue to learn from. Today, I am a student who is ready to transfer to a four year university and my goal to mayor in the field I am passionate about isn't an impossible anymore. Today, I strive to do the kind of good that this organization had provided me with to my community.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped me out in more ways than one. They have provided me with an opportunity to further expand my education and to be able to acquire the resources needed to be successful in college. This has allowed me to focus more on school and less on finding means to pay for it. As a result, I have taken more from my experiences in college and am putting in all of my effort towards finding more opportunities. The staff at 10,000 Degrees are extremely helpful and show interest in helping young adults reach their maximum potential. They welcome you and make you feel like family which is very comforting. This program is dedicated to students and is great at giving students the motivation and inspiration to go the extra mile in life. I highly recommend students to look into 10,000 Degrees and talk with the wonderful staff about improving their futures and opening up the doors to success.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm an alumni of 10,000 degrees and I can easily say that without its support, college may not have been a viable option for me. I am extremely thankful for the continued help I received throughout college and will always be grateful for the scholarships that allowed me to focus on my studies in business. Furthermore, the staff at 10,000 have always been very accessible, friendly and supportive, and for that I am also grateful. To this day, I strive to give back and pay it forward largely because of the generous support I received.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an alumni of 10,000 Degrees, and I am very thankful for this non-profit organization & it's donors. Six months ago, I obtained my first full-time job in my field of education, however as underprivileged, first-generation college student, I could not have reached my educational/career goals without their support. It's also great to see how this org supports one another as a family, and together we're making a difference in our communities through our degrees.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm currently a junior at UC Berkeley and I can unequivocally say that without 10,000, college wouldn't have been possible for me. They offered financial aid during a time in which my family was struggling and have continued to provide support during my time in college. From reminders about financial aid deadlines to offering summer job positions, they've always there. 10,000 Degrees has been a blessing to me and countless others.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a college student who grew up in Marin County. My investment in educational equity was perhaps a product of the cycle of poverty I grew up in. With that, I've been involved with a lot of ways to be engaged in college access programs and community uplift.

When I was a high school sophomore, I was accepted into 10,000 Degrees and went through their weeklong summer program. After that, throughout high school AND college, I have been engaged with their support, workshops, scholarships, and other activities.

10,000 Degrees is one of many college access/scholarship programs. But what sets them apart is how grand they are in relation to how involved they are with individual students.

I don't know many organizations that have as many students as 10KD does. With such huge reaches around colleges, you'd expect them to seem less involved with students. This is not the case.

I have greatly felt the involvement of 10KD staff in my life. They have a constant presence, often visiting my school to provide support, and even going out of their way to pester me about submitting my application for their scholarship. It feels like they are just as invested in my success as I am, which I dont feel from many other forms of authority.

They're great.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

10,000 degrees has open so many doors for me . I was awarded a scholarship, but they didn't just give me the award, they stood by me . If I had any questions, doubts , or anything at all, I knew I had a reliable resource. This program helps those who come from a low income background. I am from a low income background but this program helped me see that I don't have to be. I can change it with an education and be something greater.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I come from a low income family. None of my parents went to college nor graduated High school. At times, going to college was but a distant dream to me, but thanks to the amazing program that 10,000 Degrees is, I was able to pursue my goal and dream of attending a 4 year university. With out them this would have been a very difficult goal to pursue. Anything that you need help with they are always there. They are also very organized and it's really easy to get in contact with them. 10,000 Degrees can give you give all the tools to help you succeed. At the end 10,000 Degrees ends up being a family not a program and this among many other is my favorite part anout the program. So for those reasons and many more is why I would recommend 10,000 Degrees.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees turns dreams into realities. They make me feel--Like I'm worthy of Dreaming.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would be beyond lost without the amazing benefits of this loving organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

10,000 Degrees is amazing. They've given me scholarships (even ones I didn't apply for that I qualified for!!!). I owe it to them to be able to pay expenses where my financial aide could not. They have wonderful staff as well and it's always a pleasure talking to them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been part of 10000 degrees since my sophomore year of high school. Today I am a freshman in college. I am so great full for all the support I received from 10k. I would never be caught up on my deadline or even understand how to apply for colleges, scholarships and financial aid. 10k has always taken the time to assist me in any way possible and I can only appreciate all they have done for me. I would recommend this nonprofit to anyone. Their goal to represent, educate and give a better chance to minorities is an effective way to give us a higher chance of success in college. Thank you 10k!