Future Grads supports students to and through college graduation. Our students receive counseling for applications, financial aid forms, and college selection. They also develop social emotional skills, including how to ask for help, access resources, and build support networks.
Future Grads is open to any student at our partner high schools: Woodside, Sequoia, Menlo-Atherton, and East Palo Alto Academy. Most students join Future Grads after 9th grade in our one-week Summer Academy, where they build peer and staff relationships and commit to graduating college. During the school year, students participate in monthly leadership workshops and weekly on-campus peer meetings.
In the neighborhoods we serve, only 17% of adults have earned a bachelor's degree. Adults without a college degree are more likely to be unemployed and live below the poverty line.
Many BGCP students want to go to college, but don’t know where to start. First generation college students, such as those served by BGCP, often lack access to the support needed to navigate the complex college application, financing, and enrollment process.
What often stands between our students and college success is access to caring, long-term, family-based college counseling that is attuned to the unique cultural characteristics of low-income and first-generation college students.
Future Grads equips low-income students with the skills, coaching, and peer support they need to become first generation graduates of four-year colleges. Unlike other college access programs that only accept high-achieving students, Future Grads is open to all students.
Starting in the summer before 10th grade and continuing through high school graduation, students are supported on their path to college. In monthly lunch and after school meetings, students build peer and staff relationships and develop a college-going mindset. Meanwhile, their parents receive education and support through workshops that address concerns. Once in college, Future Grads students continue to receive individualized coaching through graduation.
IT STARTS WITH THE SUMMER ACADEMY
The Future Grads Summer Academy is a fun, interactive college readiness program for students entering their sophomore year of high school. In the week-long program, students are exposed to the value of a college education and the college application process, and build life skills that support their success in high school and college. Meanwhile, parents learn about financial resources to help pay for college.
ABOUT BRIGHT PROSPECTS
Future Grads is modeled after Bright Prospect’s college access program that began in 2002. For the 3 most recent graduating classes from college, 92% of Bright Prospect students who attended college have graduated or are still persisting.
CREWS: AN INNOVATIVE MODEL
The core of Future Grads is the Crews® model, an innovative peer-to-peer format developed by Bright Prospect that facilitates student success. "Crews” are groups of students who support each other on their path to reaching their goal of college graduation. The Crews structure empowers students to take initiative, solve problems, access resources, and develop leadership skills.
FUTURE GRADS RESULTS
In Future Grads, we aim to:
· By 2024, serve 800 students per year
· 100% of our high school students will graduate from high school
· 98% of our 12th graders will enroll in and attend college
· 90% of our college students will graduate from a four-year college
A BETTER ROI
With the innovative Crews® model, fewer staff is needed to serve more students, driving program costs down. Volunteers further reduce costs. As a result, it costs about $1,000 to serve one Future Grads student for one full year - less than half the cost of alternative programs.
A MODEL OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE-CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP
We work with private, public, and corporate partners to fund Future Grads. Funding from 6 donors supports the high school class of 2019, from 10th grade through college graduation. All donors made multi-year gifts that support the 8-year commitment we make to get our students through college.
Nearly all of our students are low-income, first generation college students. Of our students, 82% are Latino, 9% are Black, and 2% are Pacific Islander. This year, Future Grads served 60 students. The program will grow to serve 150 students next year. Ultimately, we will grow the program to serve a total of 800 students every year.
For questions about Future Grads, contact Esmeralda Ortiz, College Success Programs Director | firstname.lastname@example.org | (650) 587-9373.
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