Blog: Latino Ed Beat

San Francisco Group Helps Latino Families

For decades, the Mission Graduates nonprofit program has helped boost education among Latino families in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The program provides after-school programs, encourages parent involvement and college preparatory programming.

NBC News reports that the nonprofit group’s College Connect program provides several years of college preparatory services to 25 high school juniors a year.They must be the first generation in their family to attend college. Support services can include assistance with applying for financial aid and selecting course schedules.

Priscilla Trejo-Martinez participated in College Connect and is a student at San Francisco State University. She said she has received advising ever since she was in the program.

“They give you the support you need,” she told NBC.

The program is an example of local nonprofits helping their own specific communities. While we often report on large nonprofit organizations, even groups like this one, serving a smaller number of students, can make a significant impact over time.