First Graduate

Our Students. Our Future. #OurSanFrancisco

aka First Graduate   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.firstgraduate.org

Mission

First Graduate’s mission of helping students become first generation college graduates seeks to level the playing field for students who are immigrants or children of immigrants, who come from challenging economic circumstances, and who are otherwise disadvantaged in the dominant culture. We provide them with the long-term support that their more well-off peers receive so that they can be competitive high school and college candidates. This investment in their education and exposure to career options sets them on a path to build careers, not just jobs. Education is a right, not a privilege; we coach students from the summer after 6th grade through college graduation (a 10+ year journey) to help them attain their degrees and thereby help their families move out of poverty in one generation.

Notes from the nonprofit

We begin our strategic planning process in June 2021.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Terri Forman

Main address

2973 16th Street, Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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Formerly known as

B.A.Y. Fund

EIN

94-3381171

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A report by Innovate Public Schools describes the achievement gap in San Francisco: “In 2016-17, almost eight out of 10 White students from non-low-income families were on grade level in math and English – but just one out of 10 low-income African American students." Nationally, 89 percent of low-income first-generation students leave college within six years without a degree, according to the First Generation Foundation. In the San Francisco Unified School District, 83% of students (approximately 8 out of 10) have parents who are not college graduates. Without help, only 11% of first-generation students obtain a college degree. Compared to the rest of California, 96% of school districts perform better than SFUSD. However, 75% of First Graduate students obtain a degree within 4-6 years of college matriculation—and that number is growing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

First Graduate Program

First Graduate makes a 10- 12 year commitment to its students from the summer before seventh grade through the completion of college. We enroll rising seventh-graders annually and currently serve 510 students.

First Graduate’s core program components:

During the summer students participate in Aim High to deepen their academic skills and get career exposure through First Graduate. During the 35-week school year students are given individualized coaching to maximize success in the classroom.

We help students apply and transition to high schools and ensure completion of college preparatory coursework to achieve C.S.U. and U.C. eligibility.

We provide standardized test preparation, college application preparation and assistance, a summer workshop to prepare students for college life, financial aid workshops, curriculum and degree/career enrichment programs including internships, and on-campus visits.

Multilingual parent workshops address high school selection, college choices, eligibility requirements, application process and financial aid. We work with students, families, tutors, mentors, teachers and other programs to ensure that students are successfully meeting our benchmarks on the way to becoming college graduates.

Older FG students and college-educated volunteer adults serve as role models and provide career guidance for students as they plan for college and their careers.

FG helps students apply for scholarships to fill the unmet gap in funding needs. First Graduate's career exploration program, First Career, plays a pivotal role in helping our students understand how to leverage the value of a college degree and provides them with the tools, networking skills and opportunities necessary to launch meaningful careers. We help them stay motivated on the road to achieving their goals and offer access to career-building internship opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Recognition 2010

State of California Senate

Proclamation - First Graduate Day 2008

San Francisco Mayor's Office

Best Graduation Guidance 2011

Best of the Bay

First Graduate Awarded Top Non-Profit 2010

Philanthropedia Top Non-Profits

First Graduate Named as one of San Francisco's Best Children's Charities 2008

The Best of 2008

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the 2020-2021 school year, we serve 380 students. Of those students, over 90% identify as BIPOC.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of our 16 Board members make annual (and sometimes more) gifts to First Graduate.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

156 of our students have graduated from our 10+ year program, founded in 2001 (and began working with students in 2002).

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

First Graduate serves 380 students in the 2020-2021 school year; we are onboarding 30 - 40 new students for the academic year beginning fall 2021.

Number of first-time, full-time, first-year registrants in direct entry programs who graduate within 6 years

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Students

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

75% of our first-generation students graduate from college within 6 years, compared to 11% of their peers.

Number of hours of coaching

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide free coaching to each student from the summer before 7th grade through college graduation.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

91% percent of our incoming students qualify for free or reduced lunch; 74% live at or below 200% of the poverty line; 85% are from immigrant families; all will be first-generation college grads.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our 30 high school seniors submitted a total of 206 college applications and received 105 college acceptances.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, Preteens

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We also provide workshops and counseling to parents and caregivers; these numbers are not reflected in our statistics.

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

97% of our past three cohorts of students remain in the program. The numbers given here are percentages of student attendance.

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens

Related Program

First Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of our college students receive scholarships and/or tuition assistance.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to help our students:
1) Earn a bachelor's degree within 6 years of college matriculation,
2) Graduate from college well prepared to pursue careers that are meaningful to them and,
3) Become engaged, active, and socially conscious members of their communities.

Core program components include academic instruction and tutoring for middle school students through a year-round 40 week program, high school and college application assistance, standardized test preparation, financial aid workshops, summer enrichment programs, and on-campus visits. Parent engagement activities include multilingual workshops that address high school selection, college choices, eligibility requirements, application processes, and financial aid. Career exposure, exploration, and readiness is integrated into all levels of coaching. We provide the support and opportunities that a college-going family would provide. Our approach throughout is a combination of high-touch and high-tech—to meet student needs where they are.

Besides rigorous academics, our students learn non-cognitive skills: grit, integrity, leadership, social intelligence, open-mindedness, love of learning, and self-control, so they can navigate challenges they may face in their careers and beyond.

First Graduate helps students on the path to college by coaching and counseling them and their families from middle school to high school and through college completion. We focus on one-on-one coaching, family engagement activities, career exploration activities, access to college scholarships, and the application process. We also coach our college students through internships and the job application process. In fact, we are increasing our investment in our career success development because we know that it is no longer enough to just obtain a college degree; we want our students to be competitive prospective employees. Our First Career program focuses on working with our partner corporations to create internship opportunities, job shadowing days and externships, as well as offering career panels and individual coaching for resumes, interviews, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letter preparation.

Our work with middle school students focuses on middle school success, career exposure, and helping reinforce what it means to be a college-bound student. In 9th-12th grade, we work with students to address the transition to high school and ensure completion of college preparatory coursework to achieve California State University and University of California eligibility.

Once in college, we counsel students on financial management, career development, and utilizing campus resources. We support students through regular contact via email, phone calls and on-campus visits. Throughout the program, college-educated adults and older peers serve as mentors to help guide students through each program.

First Graduate educates whole families, enabling parents to encourage their children through the college admission and financial aid processes.

We work exclusively with aspiring first-generation college graduates, students whose parents have never completed college. First Graduate has built an effective college access and success program that currently serves 380 San Francisco-based students utilizing a high-touch, long-term approach that is unique within the field. We make a 10-12 year commitment to our students starting the summer after 6th grade through the completion of college.

Our core competencies comprise: 1) Providing early college and career exposure, goal setting, planning, and guidance; 2) Providing student-based tools for parent engagement and education; 3) Sharing clear information about the pathway to college; 4) Building a toolkit for college success (grounded in self-determination theory); 5) Accessing a network of college motivated peers; and 6) Creating a rich network of mentors, corporate partners, community partners, and technology innovation partners to plan the delivery of an engaging, competency-based, high-touch system of learning.

We estimate that there are 2000 sixth graders in the San Francisco Unified School District each year that could become first-generation college graduates. What we are exploring are paths we might take to reach these students with neither diminution of quality contact on our part nor reduced outcome on their part. By changing the expectations for low-income students and their families and making a college education attainable, we change the dynamics of families, neighborhoods, and communities. We have 87 alumni who are working in their chosen fields or in graduate school.

We are beginning a strategic planning process in June 2021 to guide us for the next 3 - 5 years.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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First Graduate

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Danesha Mead

McKinsey and Company

Term: 2019 - 2021

Ryan Baum

Jump Associates

Danesha Vasquez

McKinsey and Co.

Hanish Rathod

Zendesk

Jenny Kao

University of California, Berkeley

Neera Bhat

Accenture

Mark Hamilton

Hamilton Zanze

Daniel Curme

Minerva Schools at KGI

Tucker Serenbetz

KPMG

Siddharth Alexander

Wells Fargo

Marvell Allen

Millennial Career Advantage, LLC

Mark Hamilton

Hamilton Zanze

Rosemary Arriada-Keiper

Adobe

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Jewish
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data