Our Students. Our Future. #OurSanFrancisco.


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 10-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.

78% 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 10-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, 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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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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The Latest @ First Graduate

  • I want to be that person who people look up to, who people say "She went to college."
    KrystalCollege Student
  • 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
  • First Graduate helped me get into a great high school. They prepared me to take the entrance test...When I got accepted to the Bay School I was really happy because I didn't think I could make it, but I did.
    8th Grader
  • We learn by learning. We can do anything. Dream. We are the Future Ancestors
  • Fun academic classes, I enjoyed English and STEM.
    8th Grader
  • I love that they teach us about what we would learn next year in the classes, like in math class.
    9th Grader