Our mission is to help students become the first in their families to graduate from college ready to pursue careers that are meaningful to them.
Our vision is to establish a college-going tradition for every family in San Francisco.
Our values drive our work, inform our organizational culture, and hold us accountable to our mission and the communities we serve.
Philanthropist Ann-Eve Hazen founded First Graduate (formerly b.a.y. fund) in November 2001. Her vision was to seed the creation of a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving college access for low-income youth. She was soon joined by founding board member Anaflor (Smith) Graham. Programming began in 2002 with 24 8th graders recruited from two middle schools. Our work is based on the premise that helping the first child of a family to graduate from college will result in exponential benefits for the family as a whole — both economically and by spawning a college-going tradition.
The challenge was great, but clear — to provide guidance for aspiring first-generation college graduates that would replicate the advantages enjoyed by students with college educated parents. In 2019, we enrolled our 19th class of rising seventh graders ready to begin the 12-year journey on the path to college graduation. Today, First Graduate coaches almost 400 students who are striving to attain a college degree.
Jefferson Award Recipient
First Graduate founder Ann-Eve Hazen was recognized with a Jefferson Award for Community Service for her outstanding work helping first-generation students make their dream of a college degree a reality. Read the KPIX article for more information.