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First Graduate is a San Francisco-based college success program that helps students become the first in their families to graduate from college.

We make a 12-year commitment to each student, starting the summer after sixth grade through college graduation.

99% of our high school seniors graduate and enroll in a 2- or 4-year college.

72% of our students graduate from college within 6 years.


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Who Do We Help?


8 out of 10 SFUSD students do not have a parent with a college degree, and without some form of intervention only 4% of them will graduate college. Only 11% of first-generation students will graduate from college. 

We make a 12-year commitment to each student. We recruit students in 6th grade and provide them with free coaching each year until they graduate college. 

99% of our high school seniors graduate from high school and enroll in colleges such as Barnard, Middlebury, The University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Tufts, and UC Berkeley. Our newest cohort of high school graduates received 200+ acceptance letters. 



Become a Volunteer

More than 400 volunteers like you help students on their journey towards becoming first generation college graduates – from the instant a young person enrolls as a middle school student, to the triumphant moment when s/he graduates from college.


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Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

See three of our First Graduate students who participated in FG’s Back2School event!


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*A big thank you to Olivia Owens for conducting and filming all First Graduate student interviews!

Olivia Owens is a First Graduate student and graduating Senior at San Francisco State University, majoring in Africana Studies. Olivia plays an integral role as a member of the FG family by supporting the Development & Operations Teams. Olivia is a first generation college student in her family. She hopes to gain the knowledge to further her career in the nonprofit sector and inspire other youth to nevertheless persist.

You can still make a difference…

Olivia Owens
  • First Graduate helped me realize that college was a possibility.
    12th Grader
  • I had a great summer and didn't forget things I normally would've forgotten. I loved Career Day where I went to a REAL college campus.
    7th Grader
  • Staff and students were a delight at all times. It was a place I looked forward to coming to every morning. Thank you First Graduate.
    Summer Session Teacher
  • I've learned many things during my years with First Graduate, but above all I have learned the importance of staying on track and taking advantage of help and opportunities offered to me.
    AlexisCollege Freshman
  • First Graduate is the best support system I have besides my parents.
    AdrielleCollege Student
  • I cannot put into words how amazing this program is! I am so glad and thankful that I joined 10+ years ago. The staff and supporters continue to go out of their way to make sure each student has the tools to get into college, succeed in college, and succeed in life.
    LoriFG Alum