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Our Approach

Our Approach

We use a high-touch method, giving each student free personalized coaching each year throughout the 35-week school year and our 5-week summer session.

We work with students for 10 – 12 years–from the time they are rising seventh graders through college graduation and into their first careers. 

We are embedded at Everett Middle School and James Denman Middle School from which we recruit rising seventh graders.

Coaching and Guidance

Our team tracks progress and works closely with students, families, tutors, mentors, teachers, and partner organizations to make sure that our students are successfully completing each step on the way to becoming college graduates.

Academic Support

Each student receives free academic instruction and tutoring each year through both school-year and summer academic sessions.

School Counseling

We help students transition from middle school to academically rigorous high schools. We also provide intensive college counseling, standardized test preparation, college application planning, financial aid workshops for students and parents, access to summer enrichment programs, college visits, and help researching and finding college scholarships.

College Support

We communicate with students monthly and visit them once each year at their college campus. We also help our college students find paid summer internships.


Students gain insight into college choices and professional careers from college educated volunteers. Younger First Graduate students connect with older students and benefit from peer mentoring.

Career Exploration

Our students participate in career panels and events, resume writing and networking workshops, job shadow days, and mock interviews to gain exposure to career opportunities available to degree holders.

Family Engagement

Students’ families learn how they can support their children while they are on the path to become first generation college graduates. Our active Parent Association helps welcome new families to First Graduate, provides peer support, and creates fun activities for First Graduate families.