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10,000 Degrees Covid-19 Response

How we’re supporting students during this challenging time.

See list of resources below letter. 

A letter from our CEO & Executive Director, Kim Mazzuca

Dear Friends,

We are staying positive, strong, and together so that this crisis never prevents a student from achieving their college dreams.

Our goal is to keep our students connected to and engaged with their education, and our promise is a college degree.

Little did we know that COVID-19 would be the true test of the strength of our Fellowship program. Our Fellows, near peer mentors and recent college graduates, have become the go-to trusted source for thousands of Bay Area students from low-income backgrounds. This crisis has emphasized just how much these relationships matter. Our Fellows make a deep impact on our students—serving as their critical link to education and reaching their hearts and minds, even in times of great distress.

Our Fellows, near peer mentors and recent college graduates, are drawing on the trust and strong relationships they forged with students prior to the pandemic to help them in this time of need. Watch them in action

As you just saw, our Fellows are working tirelessly, one student at a time, to bridge the widening gap to their educational opportunities – connecting them to the support, guidance, and resources they need by:

  • Assisting high school seniors and over 2,200 college students with Fall contingency plans should schools decide to continue distance learning.
  • Moving our high school and college summer bridge programs from campus to online.
  • Extending scholarship application deadlines and expediting $2 million in scholarship funds to provide immediate emergency financial relief to the most vulnerable students.
  • Advocating for our students at the local and national levels that disaster relief funds go toward the most vulnerable.
  • Hosting a Virtual Grad School Panel, and participating in a virtual “Frisco Week” in partnership with San Francisco Community College and San Francisco Unified School District to help students with matriculation steps, financial aid and more.
  • Continuing to create online learning sessions and tutorials.
  • Continuing to collaborate with school and community partners to increase student support and connect them to vital resources for education, food, housing, Internet, etc.

COVID-19 has rocked our world. While we don’t yet know all that will change because of it, we do know this:

Education is imperative—it is the foundation of a just and equitable society. And now, more than ever, postsecondary education is essential to our economic recovery, and to the healing and reshaping of our communities and the nation.

Our Fellowship program works. The valued, trusted, and enduring relationships our Fellows establish with students has made it possible for us to be the critical link to their education and other resources during these challenging times.

This is why 10,000 Degrees is seeking support to expand our Fellowship program throughout the Bay Area. For every Fellow we embed on a high school or college campus, the student reach and impact is exponential. You can count on us. We will always be there for our students—now and throughout their college journey.

You can make an immediate and positive impact on our students and support the work we are doing right now.

Thank you for all of your support, especially during these difficult and uncertain times. We know we will get through this, together.

With gratitude,

Resources Roundup for Students, Educators & Partners

We will continue to add to this list. Please email our Marketing Director, Alaina Yoakum, if you have additions or suggestions.

Resources For Everyone

  • **Comprehensive list of Bay Area resources – EnglishSpanish
  • Comcast offers 2 months free
  • Resources for undocumented Californians
  • Help line: To find various community services, dial 211.
  • Food resources:
    • SF & Oakland: MIXT is offering sliding scale discount codes for pick-up orders. Codes: wegotyou25 for 25% off, wegotyou50 for 50% off, wegotyou100 for a free meal. Use codes at mixt.com or on MIXT app for pick up orders.
    • Oakland: La SantaTorta Food Truck; 333 Broadway Oakland; Free hot meals 12-2p
    • Alameda: List of Alameda County food banks
    • Expensify.org is matching $50 towards SNAP grocery purchases
    1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card
    1. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free
    1. Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy
    1. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card
    1. Submit it to volunteer@expensify.org
    1. Set up your bank account to receive the funds
    1. So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.

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