2018 End of the Year Campaign – Thank You from FG!

Here is what you will make happen in 2019

You put us over the top! We surpassed our goal of $190,000 and because of you raised $322,000 including the generous challenge grant from our co-founder, Anaflor Graham.

These funds will make a difference in 2019:

High school students can visit colleges in Southern California—their first exploration of college campuses!

60 – 65 new students will join First Graduate’s cohort program (currently 469 students) and begin 12-years of after school study and coaching to get into and graduate from college – the first in their families to do so.

Our “Exploring the Possibilities” event will bring professionals and students together so the students can learn about different businesses and occupations they can pursue with a college degree.

Almost 200 more students (beyond the FG cohort) and their parents in San Francisco will gain understanding of how to access high school and college resources because of workshops that you have made possible.

Your generosity and kindness made 2018 memorable for First Graduate® students and families:

Our All-Access College Fair (the only one in SF especially for first generation students) had 19 colleges present, three scholarship organizations, and 92 students and parents.

We took 29 high school students on a 1200 mile journey to visit 10 colleges in Southern California (University of Pacific, UC Merced, CSU Fresno, Cal Poly SLO, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, UC Riverside, CSU Fullerton, Occidental College).

High School Seniors applied to college; here are the numbers:

Number of College Applications Submitted:

Class of 2018: Class of 2019:
37 students submitted 490 applications with 132 hours of volunteer help. 26 of 29 students have submitted 213 applications so far, and counting, with 75 hours of volunteer help.

Number of College Acceptances:

Class of 2018: Class of 2019:
201 Acceptances … coming soon!

Middle School students completed a total of 179 high school applications (public, charter, and private) and 133 high school visits.

We launched a Middle School Summer Program and Partnership with Aim High that provided our middle school students with a comprehensive academic and career enrichment summer program.

Coach 3.0 paired one volunteer mentor with each of 37 entering college freshman. They provide ongoing social, emotional, and academic support throughout the academic year.

210 volunteers were trained to be personal statement coaches, Coach 3.0 mentors, mock interviewers for high school and college admissions and internship applications, resume coaches, and so much more.

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First Graduate’s Alumni: Beating the Odds

All of this support-driven success is only possible because of the contributions from our donors. That’s why we’re offering you the opportunity to support our generation-changing organization with donations to our end-of-fiscal year campaign. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of this month to sustain the positive impact we have on our First Graduate® students in a way that changes their lives forever.
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Cap & Gown

To Everyone Who Attended Cap & Gown 2023: Thank You!

As we celebrate our newest graduates, remember that first-generation students can move from sixth grade through college graduation and into meaningful careers because of you and your support! And we couldn’t do it without the help of our corporate supporters: Hamilton Zanze, Dodge & Cox, Accenture, Adobe, KPMG, BSSP, Millennium Career Advantage, and GoodRx.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Despite how difficult they can be to get, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of scholarships. Especially for a first-generation student, a scholarship can be the difference between being able to go to college and not.