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Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, dedicated to establishing a college education as an expectation and goal for every child, thereby allowing them to find a fulfilling career and call San Francisco home. Founded in 1972, our services include a wide range of after school, in-school, summer programs and virtual programs to support students on their education journey.

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Mission Graduates empowers youth and their families on the path to higher education, equipping them for fulfilling careers that will strengthen future generations.


Each year, Mission Graduates reaches over 5,000 low-income children, youth, and families in San Francisco, emphasizing college as a means to achieve economic equity and strengthen the fabric of our community.

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Our Approach

  • Create a better future for our children and our community through a college-going culture.
  • Support the growth and health of the whole person.
  • Engage the entire family – it’s at the heart of everything we do.
  • Promote equity by ensuring those those have a need receive our support and encouraging those able to give support to others.
  • Cultivate leaders of all ages through our own example.
  • Encourage lifelong learning for ourselves and those around us.

Why education?

We believe that higher education is the strongest tool we have to level the playing field for low-income, Latinx, Black, and immigrant youth and their families. Through a shift towards college expectations for every student, racial equity, and justice initiatives, we are strengthening the fabric of our vibrant community.

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