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Monthly Memo, August 2018

Largest-Ever Incoming Fellows Class!

As 10,000 Degrees continues to expand our programming to support even more students from low-income backgrounds throughout the Bay Area, we recently hired 10 new Fellows – our largest incoming class to date! Further proof our model is both successful and sustainable, nine of the 10 new Fellows are former 10,000 Degrees Institute students! And that remaining Fellow? …a former 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County mentor. You are all ONE DEGREE!

Fun One-Day College Cram Session

The always-fun and informative “Success Starts Here” one-day orientation for 10,000 Degrees students bound for college this fall took place the first weekend of August in Novato. The full-day fanfare featured workshops to help prepare students for college including time management and matriculation advising. A whopping 170 students participated along with 10 College Success team members and 11 current 10,000 Degrees College Ambassadors.

Student Success at Summer Bridge

Another successful Summer Bridge at the College of Marin! 125 students participated in this vital three-week program geared specifically to support Math, English, and College Readiness skills. Each and every student picked up a transferable unit along with either a brand new tablet or a $300 credit from the College of Marin bookstore. Thank you COM for being a terrific 10,000 Degrees partner! Congrats to all Summer Bridge students!

Supporting More High School Students

Fantastic news for students in Napa and San Francisco! Through our innovative Fellowship Program, 10,000 Degrees will soon officially expand our programming to include two more SFUSD high schools: Ida B. Wells and Thurgood Marshall. At the same time, we will soon begin providing additional support and transition services for students at Vintage High, a traditional high school, and Valley Oak, an affiliated credit recovery high school.

Advocating for “Scholarship + Support”

10,000 Degrees dynamic sister duo, Tania Requenes and Yessenia Kuhn are teaming up to give an important presentation at the upcoming National Scholarship Providers Association Conference. Tania, College Success Program Manager at the College of Marin, and Yessenia, Scholarship Manager, will detail “best practices” for combining scholarship and the necessary support to help students successfully graduate from college. Good luck Tania and Yessenia!