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10,000 Degrees understands setting a college-going mindset starts early. That’s why our staff work directly with local elementary and middle school students to help make sure they can envision a pathway to college. We deliver the following real-world, interactive support to encourage the next generation to embrace their futures and make their college dreams come true.

In-School “College Days”

College Campus Tours

College Roadmap Workshops


10,000 Degrees College Access team is dedicated to helping rising high school seniors from low-income backgrounds get to college, whether enrolling at a four-year college or starting at a local community college. Through the 10,000 Degrees Institute, which kicks off with an amazing overnight college immersion (10,000 Degrees Summer Intensive) in July/August before their senior years and continues through graduation, we work directly with students and their families, in coordination with their teachers and counselors, to provide the following year-round support to all 10,000 Degrees high school students:

Overnight College Immersion

Financial Aid Support

A-G Course Advising

College Planning & Application

College Campus Tours

Year-Round Mentoring


The majority of 10,000 Degrees students are often the first in their families to go to college, so personalized support is crucial to help eliminate confusion and frustration. Likewise, to realize their academic goals, our students need steady encouragement from a community of friends they can trust. Our College Success team works day and night – quite literally – to ensure their students’ college experience continues through graduation. The following support is available to all 10,000 Degrees college students:

On-Campus College Ambassador Support

Year-Round Peer Advisory Group Meetings

Transfer Support from Two- to Four-Year Colleges

Regular Check-Ins via Email, Text & Social Media

“Success Starts Here” Day-Long Orientation

Renewable Scholarships, including 10,000 Degrees

Financial Aid Management, including FAFSA

“Summer Bridge” Community College Program

For more information, contact:

Alex Stern

Alex Stern
Program Director, North Bay
Phone: 415.451.4015
Email: astern (at) 10000degrees.org

Chris Gonzales

Christopher Gonzales
Program Director, New Markets
Phone: 707.328.1771
Email: cgonzales (at) 10000degrees.org

Scott BonDurant

Scott BonDurant
Program Director, College Success & Fellowship
Phone: 415.451.4011
Email: sbondurant (at) 10000degrees.org