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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.

74% 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. 

 

 

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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


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  • I love that they teach us about what we would learn next year in the classes, like in math class.
    9th Grader
  • First Graduate is the safety harness that catches us when we fall.
    College Freshman
  • The one thing that I really loved about the program were the academic classes.
    9th Grader
  • First Graduate is the best support system I have besides my parents.
    AdrielleCollege Student
  • I really loved the teachers, they were so fun and caring. Their lessons were fascinating. I enjoyed the program this summer.
    9th Grader
  • First Graduate helped me realize that college was a possibility.
    12th Grader