FG Student Updates: March Edition!
7th Grade Workshops
7th graders are learning about their high school options in San Francisco and the process for applying to the different types of schools in SF! By the end of this semester they will have put together their own high school guide to use in the following year!
8th Grade High School Acceptances
Our 8th graders are waiting to hear back from the high schools they have applied to! In the meantime, they are beginning to work on a high school plan where they outline clubs, classes, and resources to look out for during their first semester as high school freshmen!
Summer Opportunities Workshop
Students came in on the weekend to work with volunteers on researching summer camps that they would be interested in! Students had a variety of interests, from acting to cooking to robotics! Once students identified a camp that they were excited about, volunteers helped them apply to the Youth Opportunity Scholarship, which awards students up to $500 to cover the cost of the camp.
“Charting the Course: Welcome FG19!”
We are having a big new student and family welcome ceremony on Wednesday March 13th, from 5:00-7:00pm at Leadership High School, to welcome and celebrate our newest cohort of students (FG19). Students will get to hear from older First Graduate students and families will get to hear from parents of First Graduate students.
First Generation Summit
We’ve been having partner meetings with USF to continue to finalize plans for the first ever First Generation Summit – an event for families and students to be involved in interactive workshops aimed to help them envision themselves thriving on a college campus. We’re excited that SEO Scholars will also be joining us for this event that is exclusively for our 9th/10th graders and their families.
High School Family Workshops
We just completed our second workshop of the school year with HS parents. We talked about the importance of extracurricular activities. We compared it to students being able to paint themselves differently than other students who have a similar GPA, SAT/ACT scores.
We pride ourselves in truly focusing on meeting with students in one on ones to discuss any support they need socially, academically, or emotionally.
In collaboration with Promise Scholar, Mission Graduate, and ASAP, we’ve created an alumni network that supports first-gen professionals and students throughout San Francisco. Our first event was a happy hour mixer at Slate Bar where we invited alumni from each of our programs and first generation professionals to network with one another! Our goal is to build a community of professionals that will help create access to jobs for our current college students. Check us out on LinkedIn!
Partnering with Mission Graduates and Promise Scholar we are creating the curriculum for the second year of our professional development fellowship. The fellowship will happen during the summer, with the a series of workshops and assignments focused on teaching career-building skills such as: resume writing, interviewing, professionalism in the workplace, and public speaking. In the next few months we will be finding facilitators for our workshops and selecting applicants.
Transition to College
We are currently working with the HS team to prepare Spring and Summer advisories for high school seniors. We will be supporting students with college decisions, financial aid, orientation, and housing to ensure that students successful transition into college.
We are working closely with Karina, Volunteer Engagement Associate, to support current Coach 3.0 volunteers who have been mentoring our students. We just finished a support session where volunteers discussed current challenges with students and collectively offered strategies to help. We will be hosting a volunteer happy hour in March and begin the recruitment process for new volunteers in April.
Each month the college team facilitates a workshop for the fellows at Immigrants Rising. Our workshops this Spring include the following topics: networking, interview skills, resume Editing, and professionalism.