José Rivas Joins First Graduate as Executive Director

FIRST GRADUATE APPOINTS JOSÉ RIVAS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Terri Forman elevated to Senior Director, Philanthropy & Marketing First Graduate Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of José Rivas as First Graduate’s next Executive Director. José brings 25+ years of experience in college access across several positions at University of California, Berkeley. José has

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We welcome all, because we are one

The decision by the President to rescind DACA is shameful and immoral. We stand by our students, 12% of whom are Dreamers. For the last 400 years, this country has been built by immigrants. The president’s own family includes immigrants. Now, he seeks to deny the rights and privileges enjoyed by 800,000 people, primarily under age

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College Decisions are In!

Congratulations to the 30 First Graduate seniors who are headed off to colleges and universities across the country this fall. We are so proud of all the hard work these students put in throughout the years to make this moment possible. Their college journey may have just begun, but we already can’t wait to see what

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First Gen Speaker Series – Rachel Itwaru

In February, our First Graduate students at James Denman Middle School were joined by Rachel Itwaru for our monthly First Gen Speaker Series. Rachel is a business analyst at Salesforce.org, a self-funded social enterprise that provides technology solutions to social-impact organizations. Rachel spoke to our students about her family’s background and challenges, her pathway to

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First Graduate High School Choice Panel

“Without First Graduate, I would have been pretty lost in high school,” says Jacky, a First Graduate senior at Lowell High School. Jacky was one of our featured speakers at a recent event called the High School Choice Panel. At this event, we invited our 8th grade students to listen to a panel of our

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An Open Letter to Our Community

Dear Friends, First Graduate’s mission has always been to help students become the first in their families to graduate from college. This is the best way to move families out of poverty and give them the opportunity to achieve their American dreams – just as our parents and grandparents were able to do. What has

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Donor Highlight: The Hamilton/Paul Giving Circle

Earlier this year, Mark Hamilton and Lauri Paul started the Hamilton/Paul Giving Circle through which they, their family, friends, and colleagues pledged to raise $60,000 a year for 10 years for First Graduate. The giving circle officially launched with an intimate breakfast event where a panel of First Graduate students and alumni spoke to invited

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Sophomore Symposium

We love talking to students about the importance of going to college, but we love it even more when our students talk to us about it. And that’s the idea behind the Sophomore Symposium, an annual event we recently held with our high school sophomores (or FG 13 as we say around here). It all started

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High School Choice in San Francisco

How does it work, and how does First Graduate help? December is an important month for families in San Francisco Unified School District. Unlike other cities where youth simply attend the neighborhood public high school closest to their homes, in San Francisco every family has a choice of where they want their son or daughter

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