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

We make a 10-year commitment to each student, starting the summer after sixth grade through college graduation.

100% of our high school seniors graduate and enroll in a 2- or 4-year college.

88% of our students are CSU eligible, and 68% are UC eligible.

 

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

100% of our high school seniors graduate from high school and enroll in colleges such as Barnard, Harvard, Middlebury, The University of San Francisco, 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

The Latest @ First Graduate

  • With First Graduate I felt like I was 10 steps ahead of all my friends at school.
    DaisyCollege Student
  • First Graduate is the safety harness that catches us when we fall.
    College Freshman
  • This program has helped me realize that I am capable of going to college, and the college tours helped me to start thinking about where I want to go.
    10th Grader
  • I would not be the person I am today without the support and care of my first graduate family!
    JodieFG Alumni
  • 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
  • I want to be that person who people look up to, who people say "She went to college."
    KrystalCollege Student