Closing the Achievement Gap  One Student at a Time Rachel Greenfield, Richard Berwick, Esther Lukman, Justin Li, Grace Lin
Agenda 1. The Achievement Gap Problem 2. Theory of Change 3. First Graduate 4.  A “Not-So-Little” Surprise 5. Questions an...
The Achievement Gap Problem Data from STAR 2006 California Standards Tests Results- California Department of Education
The Achievement Gap Problem Data from STAR 2006 California Standards Tests Results- California Department of Education
The Achievement Gap Problem Graph and data from City-Data.com
Our Theory of Change
Introducing… FINISH HIGH SCHOOL FIRST IN FAMILY TO GRADUATE COLLEGE BREAK CYCLE OF POVERTY
Expected Achievements
Program Structure 6 th  Grade College Graduation
First Graduate Family <ul><ul><li>lasting familial network of moral support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assigned one progra...
Comprehensive Program Services
Comprehensive Program Services
Comprehensive Program Services
Current Success <ul><li>50% of Latino and Black students graduate high school </li></ul><ul><li>100%  of all First Graduat...
Sustainability <ul><li>Diverse Funding Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced, Diverse, and Committed Staff </li></ul><ul><...
Collaboration and Partnerships
Plans For Growth
 
Here ’s the Kicker… <ul><li>if we donate  $6,000 </li></ul><ul><li>First Graduate receives  </li></ul>$12,000
<ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
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First Graduate Cal Strategic Philanthropy Grant

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In the spring of 2011, First Graduate was awarded a grant through the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business. Recipients of the grant are chosen based off of students presentations on local non profits and their impact in the community in the Cal Strategic Philanthropy undergraduate course. View the award-winning presentation about First Graduate here.

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  • statistics show that in California there is a a large achievement gap among different ethnic sub-groups less than 30% of the Hispanic and African-American sub-groups are proficient in English compared to over 60% in the Caucasian and Asian sub-groups
  • same trend shown in terms of proficiency in mathematics under 30% of the Hispanic and African-American subgroups are proficient compared to over 50% in the Caucasian sub-group and over 60% in the Asian sub-group
  • this educational problem correlates with a larger socio-economic problem- the presence of a wealth gap the ethnic sub-groups with the lowest percentage of proficiency in both English language arts and mathematics also have the highest concentration of residents below the poverty level in SF this is a logical link because higher-paying jobs tend to require higher levels of education and academic achievement
  • therefore, we believe that closing the achievement gap will not only equalize education but have a greater effect on closing wealth gaps within the SF community by increasing job opportunities for the currently low-income population to close this achievement gap we need to increase access to jhigher education by increasing the level of college preparedness among low-income students to do this we wanted to find an NPO that provides guidance and motivation throughout process
  • First Graduate is a local San Franciscan college access program that focuses on helping students finish high school and become a first-generation college graduate - in doing so First Graduate believes that they will be ending the cycle of poverty one family at a time (college graduates earn enough income to bring their family out of it by not only raising income but setting the trend for others in the family to go to college too)
  • students expected… to apply and gain acceptance into more selective and academically rigorous “college prep” high schools in SF (may be public, charter, or private) to graduate from high school to gain admission into a four-year college to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout academic career to develop strong life skills (social, organizational, and job-oriented skills)
  • - each year program takes on 25-30 new students from families with no previous college graduates (so currently over 230 students enrolled) - recruitment from 5 public middle schools with high low-income populations (evidenced by high population of school body on reduced price lunches) - these populations also tend to have more students with families with no college graduates - recruitment based on attendance - unlike other college access programs, First Graduate makes a long-term commitment to each student - recruitment takes place in the second half of 6 th grade so students are in the First Graduate program from the summer after 6 th grade and through till college graduation - important and unique characteristic of First Graduate program because it provides the student with guidance throughout all of the critical educational years: from helping them get into a college prep high school to helping them get into a good four-year university
  • - because of this long-term commitment, First Graduate is able to provide its students with more than just academic support. students grow up in the program  foster strong connection to peers and First Graduate staff  establish long-lasting First Graduate familial network of moral support, a community, from which to draw encouragement, motivation, and guidance to further aid the development of this network, students are assigned one program associate for the entire 10 years. this program associate works on an intimate level with the students, fostering a strong personal connection, atmosphere of trust, and cooperation.
  • First Graduate provides case management. for every student, their assigned program associate works closely with the student, family, tutors, mentors, teachers, and other program staff to ensure that student is successfully completing each step on the way to becoming successful college graduates additionally, students receive counseling services on both the high school and college level. on the high school level, the staff strives to help students and their families with the transition from their middle school to their academically-rigorous high school. staff also works with high school teachers and administrators to provide academic and social support so that the students can succeed in their new high schools. on the college level, students receive a variety of college prep resources, ranging from standardized testing preparation, college application planning and help, financial aid workshops for students and their families to help them find and secure scholarships, access to summer enrichment programs, and college visits First Graduate focuses a lot of energy on family engagement activities. First Graduate puts a special emphasis on educating parents on how to encourage and support their children throughout the college admission and financial aid processes. for example, families are given opportunities to visit colleges and speak with admission staff so as to better understand college life and how to support their children once they’ve started college
  • aside from counseling, First Graduate has a mentoring program because it recognizes the importance of a peer network. First Graduate students are paired with college graduates that already have established careers. these mentors partner on a one-on-one basis with students acting as a source of insight into college and/or potential professional careers. mentor aside, First Graduate has a strong volunteer program and often students come and unofficially mentor younger students, helping them with classwork or any other issues. while First Graduate’s program is a 10 year program that ends with a students graduation from college, one of First Graduate’s key mission values is to help their students enter successfully into the workforce so as to raise their family out of the low-income bracket. therefore, they provide a variety of career exploration activities to their high-school and college kids, such as career panels, resume and networking workshops, and job shadow days. the idea is to expose the students to a wide range of careers and help them develop the skills necessary to succeed at either an internship or full-time job post-college graduation lastly, First Graduate does provide its high-school and college students with monetary support. First Graduate actively helps students search for scholarship opportunities, manage their finances, and fully utilize their campus resources. but monetary aid is provided to fill the gaps in financial aid students may not be able to find elsewhere. funds are distributed based on need but college students receive a minimum of $1000 annually and First Graduate covers students’ application and standardized testing fees.
  • academically, First Graduate puts its students through rigorous academic sessions that consist of both tutoring to supplement their studies in school and independent academic instruction conducted by registered teachers First Graduate hires the idea is that it’s not enough to rely on these kids’ schools to teach them all they need to know to succeed in either an academically-rigorous high school or a four-year college therefore, in addition to tutoring to help students master their school material, First Graduate’s teachers teach students English, Math, and Science (the very subjects in which, as we mentioned at the beginning of our presentation, students from low-income backgrounds tend to do the least well in). in addition to these core subjects, students participate in a wide range of other courses that focus on developing key character traits, involve outdoor exercise, or focus on increasing their networking skills (which will be valuable during career search). these courses are designed to ensure that First Graduate students know all they need to know to succeed in both an academically-rigorous high school and four-year college.
  • 50% of Latino and Black students in CA graduate high school. 70% First Graduate students are Latino or Black and 100% of First Graduate students graduate high school. whereas without assistance, only 18% of Latino and Black students are eligible for a CSU campus and only 6% for a UC campus, 85% of First Graduate students are eligible for a CSU campus and 49% for a UC campus. That’s more than a quadrupling in the difference. perhaps most importantly 100% of First Graduate students are enrolled in college and will be returning their second year
  • Because First Graduate is an organization with a relatively small operating budget our donation will go a longer way And to mitigate the risks associated with young, small organizations… 1. They receive funding from a wide array of sources 2. First Graduate&apos;s staff bring years of personal experience, diverse expertise, and deep commitment to the program. More than half of the staff are first-generation college graduates and attended prestigious institutions.
  • Additionally, First Gradaute partners with several other organizations. All the food at First Graduate’s academic sessions and program events are catered by Revolution Foods, a for-profit organization that stresses the importance of proper nutrition. Instead of potato chips, students are eating apples and fruit bars. The result is that students are slowly being taught to eat better and care about nutrition. First Graduate pairs with several other college access programs once a year to put on Frisco Day. Basically, all these college access programs- First Graduate, College Track, Mission Graduates, Summer Search, and more- used to put on individual workshops and events regarding the college prep process. By combining their efforts, they’re able to not only service a larger population of students but save their resources. With governmental support, Frisco Day is a city-wide event. Different college access programs produce different events, distinguished by the regions of the schools attending the events. Frisco Day is estimated to draw over 3000 students. Lastly, First Graduate is a member of The CollegeBound Network, a nation-wide database of resources and network for students heading to college. By exchanging information with other college access programs within the network, First Graduate makes sure its techniques are as effective as they can be.
  • with first group of kids graduating form college, perfect time to grow because model has proven successful… double class sizes  increase scale of operations corporate engagement  increase job opportunities (internships with companies) establish alumni peer network if we were to donate to First Graduate, it should go into general operating so that they can grow their operations to help more students go to college
  • to summarize, we prepared a short presentation just as a side note, the footage from this video was nipped and tucked from First Graduate’s own YouTube videos. it just so happens that some of this footage is a little older so some of the staff you see here may hold different positions.
  • because First Graduate ’s founder will match our donations dollar-for-dollar
  • First Graduate Cal Strategic Philanthropy Grant

    1. 1. Closing the Achievement Gap One Student at a Time Rachel Greenfield, Richard Berwick, Esther Lukman, Justin Li, Grace Lin
    2. 2. Agenda 1. The Achievement Gap Problem 2. Theory of Change 3. First Graduate 4. A “Not-So-Little” Surprise 5. Questions and Answers
    3. 3. The Achievement Gap Problem Data from STAR 2006 California Standards Tests Results- California Department of Education
    4. 4. The Achievement Gap Problem Data from STAR 2006 California Standards Tests Results- California Department of Education
    5. 5. The Achievement Gap Problem Graph and data from City-Data.com
    6. 6. Our Theory of Change
    7. 7. Introducing… FINISH HIGH SCHOOL FIRST IN FAMILY TO GRADUATE COLLEGE BREAK CYCLE OF POVERTY
    8. 8. Expected Achievements
    9. 9. Program Structure 6 th Grade College Graduation
    10. 10. First Graduate Family <ul><ul><li>lasting familial network of moral support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assigned one program associate for 10 years </li></ul></ul>Photo courtesy of FirstGraduate.com Birthday board with all students’ birthdays marked
    11. 11. Comprehensive Program Services
    12. 12. Comprehensive Program Services
    13. 13. Comprehensive Program Services
    14. 14. Current Success <ul><li>50% of Latino and Black students graduate high school </li></ul><ul><li>100% of all First Graduate students graduate high school </li></ul>Data from California Postsecondary Education Commission <ul><li>18%- CSU & 6%- UC </li></ul><ul><li>85%- CSU % 49%- UC </li></ul><ul><li>100% of First Graduate students enrolled in college </li></ul><ul><li>100% of First Graduate students returning for 2 nd year </li></ul>
    15. 15. Sustainability <ul><li>Diverse Funding Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced, Diverse, and Committed Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First-generation college graduates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.C. Berkeley, Georgetown, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, etc. </li></ul></ul>Pie-chart data courtesy of First Graduate ’s FY2011 Budget
    16. 16. Collaboration and Partnerships
    17. 17. Plans For Growth
    18. 19. Here ’s the Kicker… <ul><li>if we donate $6,000 </li></ul><ul><li>First Graduate receives </li></ul>$12,000
    19. 20. <ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>

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