With the highest concentration of young people in the city, Bayview Hunters Point ranks at the bottom for college graduation rates. Only 16.7% of the population age 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree, compared to 33% across the rest of San Francisco. In a city known for the greatest technological advances and one of the highest per capita income levels in the world, these students deserve every opportunity to take advantage of what the Bay Area has to offer.
Our job is to ensure these young people have the opportunity to connect their talent, intellectual curiosity, and work ethic to San Francisco’s innovative industries and inspire lasting change for their families and communities. Since 2007, our center has supported more than 500 students to make a college degree the expectation, not the exception, in Bayview Hunters Point.
A View Inside…
Across each center, our students participate in “Unity Circle,” a daily ritual that brings our students and staff together to acknowledge one other, reaffirm our commitment to excellence and establish community. Here in San Francisco, we pay homage to our city (and famed area code) through a “415” breathing exercise, in which everyone inhales for four sends, hold for one, and breathes out for five. This moment of mindfulness sets the tone for the rest of the day, and creates an atmosphere of successful learning.
What Our Students Have Achieved
students currently enrolled
matriculate to a two- or four-year college
Scholar Spotlight: Halimah, San Francisco State University
My dad came to America after the Vietnam war in the mid 1980’s so that my siblings and I would have better academic and professional opportunities. They instilled the importance of having a college education, something they didn’t have that privilege of achieving. Although they wanted me to go to college, they didn’t know how to help me reach that goal.
I joined College Track not just for myself, but also because I knew how impactful this program could be for my younger siblings and cousins. I’m so grateful that I found this community who challenged and motivated me to continue doing bigger things in life. As a first-generation students, it meant so much to have people around me who understood my hardships throughout high school and college.
That’s why when I earned my bachelor’s last year in Health Education, I decided to work full time for College Track as a College Completion Advisor in East Palo Alto. I truly want to give back to the organization that inspired me by inspiring others. I would have never gotten to where I am today without the support I had from my College Track family.