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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Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

The Latest @ First Graduate

  • First Graduate is going to help me do better in school.
    7th Grader
  • We learn by learning. We can do anything. Dream. We are the Future Ancestors
  • When First Graduate recruited me to the program, I became familiar with the expectations and requirements that universities look for in college candidates. With their help and support, I was accepted to most of the universities I applied to.
    Brayan RodriguezFG Alumni
  • Thanks to First Graduate's academic support I was able to graduate from high school and am now finishing my first year at college.
    JoannaCollege Freshman
  • First Graduate students believe in the program, they believe they can go to college. It just takes people outside of them to believe in it too for change to happen.  
    GuilderFG Alumni
  • The best thing that happened this year at First Graduate is that I got better at math.
    8th Grader