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Mentor with SF Achievers; Be the Change!

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ORGANIZATION: SF Achievers

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 6 people are interested
Summer Picnic 2015!
Our mentors and scholars enjoying a friend chicken lunch in the beautiful hills of Tiburon!

Here at San Francisco Achievers, we are committed to bridging the Achievement Gap and the Equity Gap, which exists for young, African-American males in the San Francisco Unified School District.

All of our young Achievers have overcome and persevered through seemingly insurmountable challenges, all of which contribute to a lack of understanding, empathy and compassion surrounding the concept of "being black" in America.

Since the My Brother's Keeper Initiative, our organization has grown exponentially, allowing us to provide annual scholarships, support, and mentoring for more young scholars as they pursue their dreams and navigate through high school and into colleges across the U.S.

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to get to know our incredible young men, contribute to their successes, and participate in our voluntary (but incredibly fun) events. Some of these events include, but are not limited to, mentor mixers, trips to museums and plays, outdoor activities (e.g. hiking, camping, river rafting), sporting events, and our annual Awards Ceremony and Summer Picnic.

We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate, and resourceful individuals who are excited to bring their knowledge, energy, and life experience to the table. If that sounds like you, jump in! We are always looking to expand our SFA family!

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About SF Achievers

Location:

244 KEARNY ST FL 6, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108, US

Mission Statement

The mission of San Francisco Achievers is to reduce the achievement gap of African American young men in San Francisco high schools through support, mentoring, and college scholarships.

Description

Dr. Henry Safrit, who created Meritus College Fund, founded San Francisco Achievers in 2008 to reduce the achievement and social gaps of at-risk Black males from San Francisco public school after observing that they were missing out on college because they didn’t qualify for most scholarships - only 5-6% had GPAs high enough to be considered college material. Furthermore, studies show that Black males make up just 5.5% of all college students and only one in six graduates. Yet, without a college degree, the career choices and possibilities for these young men are extremely limited. Achievers addresses these inequalities by providing the college scholarships and individual support at-risk Black males from San Francisco public schools need to promote positive life outcomes for themselves, the community and the nation.

Many at-risk San Francisco Achievers African American male high school seniors face barriers to college access and success. They have grappled with dysfunctional family life, low expectations, and limited academic guidance. Nearly 60% of the young men have experienced homelessness, foster care, parental incarceration
and/or violent environments. Because of economic and societal pressures, some members in this cohort never imagined that they could attend college, until San Francisco Achievers approached the Black male students with the offer to provide a college scholarship and support if they achieved a 2.5 GPA by high school graduation.

Achievers awards students with at least a 2.5 GPA, upon high school graduation a college scholarship worth $3000/year for four years for a student attending a four-year college. ($1500/year scholarship for a student attending community college that increases to the full amount when the student transfers to a four year college). Student progress is closely monitored and mentors are encouraged to reach out to students early and often with the goal to increase the likelihood that African American males will attend college and graduate.

Since its founding, Achievers has provided 92 college scholarships, funded by individual donors. The retention rate in our college program is 68%, well above the national average of 23% for similar students. San Francisco Achievers currently serves 105 Black students in the college and high school programs. The San Francisco Unified School District hails the Achiever program as a significant partner in its efforts to close the achievement gap, which, according to the former superintendent, is the single greatest social justice issue facing our nation today.

In July 2011, SF Achievers became a fully-formed 501(c)(3) organization - including an experienced Board of Directors made up of teachers, counselors, administrators and members of the business, medical, legal, and non-profit communities

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Education & Literacy
Race & Ethnicity
Advocacy & Human Rights, Education & Literacy, Race & Ethnicity

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

275 5th St.3rd FloorSan Francisco, CA 94103

(37.78073,-122.40359)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Community Outreach
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 22
  • Orientation or Training
  • Schedule one or more meetings per month (in-person or virtual).
  • Must be a college graduate and be interested in creating a lasting bond with a young scholar.

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