Cap & Gown 2022

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE OUR GRADUATES ON THURSDAY, JUNE 2, with the reception starting at 6:00 pm PST and the event starting at 6:45 pm PST.

As we celebrate our newest graduates, remember that it is because of you that first-generation students can move from sixth grade through college graduation and into careers that are meaningful to them.

THURSDAY, June 2, 6:00PM

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IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND CAP & GOWN 2022, BUT WOULD STILL LIKE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR OUR GRADUATES AND ALL FUTURE FIRST GRADUATE STUDENTS WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE A DONATION HERE.

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Fund a Need

$100

$100 can cover transportation costs for our 9th graders to participate in our annual summer career day. They will visit companies throughout San Francisco and be exposed to various professions.

$250

$250 can purchase 1 student chromebook for high school and college applications.

$500

$500 covers the cost of the family intro dinners to set students and families up for success in First Graduate.

$1,000

$1,000 can fund the All Access Admissions Fair, a First Graduate event that is the only first-generation college fair in the city.

$5,000

$5,000 can fund 20 students applications to independent schools.

$10,000

$10,000 can fund the Annual College Application Retreat, allowing high school seniors to participate in a week-long “application bootcamp” where they will learn about the various components required on college applications and begin their college essays.

$30,000

$30,000 can help fund the SoCal College Knowledge Tour, allowing 35 students to visit colleges and universities throughout California 

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Meet Our Honoree

Josef Azam

Josef Azam, a first-generation college graduate, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Design Shopp International, a digital marketing agency that has been around for over 14 years, established in 2007.

Josef has built Design Shopp from the ground up and is a specialist in creating marketing campaigns that generate positive ROI for both large and small companies.

To date, the Design Shopp marketing team has generated over a billion dollars in revenue for its clients. After the success of the viral video “From Struggle Comes Success” Josef is a frequent public speaker.

In addition to working at Design Shopp, Josef teaches at John Abbott College, is the CEO of Imagination Holding co, and is an Olympic freestyle wrestling coach.

He hones his message around what it takes to succeed in the digital landscape, in business and in life.

Over the past year Josef has joined the Board of Directors of YES Montreal and was recently named President of Cloverdale Multi Resources and organization that helps low income families get on their feet.