Who We Are
Mission | Values | Program: San Francisco Achievers (SF Achievers) is a community based non-profit organization whose mission is to address and reduce the achievement and opportunity gaps for African American young men from San Francisco public high schools. We do this through holistic student support, mentorship, internships, and scholarships to prepare our youth to matriculate in and graduate from college. All of the programs at SF Achievers focus on making African American young men feel welcome in learning environments, help them believe that they are effective agents in their own lives, learn through side-by-side coaching how to advocate for their own success and ultimately envision themselves as global leaders. These strategies combat the isolation and racial inequality they face in schools every day. San Francisco Achievers actively serves nearly 300 young Black men in our High School and College programs.
- High School Program – As of Fall 2018 in partnership with San Francisco City & County: Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF), this program will serve 140 African American male students at our 5 partner high schools, Phillip and Sala Burton High School, Raoul Wallenberg High School, George Washington High School, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and The Academy -SF. This program consists of two meetings per week in which all 9th– 12th grade African American male students are invited to join. These sessions include activities about identifying stress outlets, being aware of one’s emotions, understanding the importance of respecting women, and challenging the negative Black statistic. The program is designed to create a safe space for African American male students and engage them with members of the business, professional, academic, and local community to learn practical life-forming skills needed to succeed in a variety of settings. Our High School Advisors also hold one-on-one sessions throughout the school day with every student who regularly attends the group discussions. These sessions are the foundation of the program, where we take the opportunity to learn the specific challenges each student faces in their home and academic life. Our High School Advisors use these sessions to remind students of upcoming deadlines for their classes, be their advocate in any issues they are having at school, and of course lend a listening ear to whatever they wish to share.
- Leadership Academy – Our newest program, opens the application process early to high-school juniors. Juniors who apply are matched with volunteer mentors early and pre-selected to receive a scholarship if they maintain academically, attend summer events and monthly workshops that start their senior year of high school. The monthly workshops consist of two main components: practical college-readiness, skill-building, and identity discussions along with bonding activities. This full year spent with students allows staff and mentors to develop deep and trusting bonds with every student prior to their departure to college.
- College Program – Our scholarship is open to every qualified African American male student in the San Francisco Unified School District. If granted a scholarship, the students are enrolled into the College Program. Most of Achievers’ high school students face enormous barriers to college access and success. They have grappled with dysfunctional family life, low expectations, and limited academic guidance. Few of these young men ever imagined they could attend college until Achievers approached with the offer to provide a college scholarship and support if they achieved a 2.5 GPA by graduation. The scholars in our program are partnered with a one-on-one volunteer mentor and are provided referrals for internships, professional development opportunities, financial aid assistance, and more. Each student receives a scholarship of $3,000 a year for four years for those attending universities, and $1,500 a year for those attending community colleges (that increases to $3,000 a year when the student transfers to a university). By providing scholarships, SF Achievers removes the financial burden that is a predominant factor in students dropping out of college or selecting more affordable schools with less support and lower graduation rates.
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