|Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Ed Lee, and College Track Unveil New After-School Facility|
New Center Will Grow from Serving 200 to 500 Students Annually in the Bayview
San Francisco, CA – On Tuesday, September 18th, College Track, a national after-school program that empowers students from underserved communities to reach their dream of a college degree, unveiled its new 13,000 square foot facility located on 3rd Street at Jerrold Avenue in the heart of Bayview Hunters Point. Under the leadership of Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee, the San Francisco Mayor’s office has shown tremendous leadership in making the new College Track center a reality.
"Our journey from turning a dark abandoned building into a portal of opportunity for the students of Bayview Hunters Point is a true testimony to the collective action of the parents, the city and the staff and supporters of College Track. Because of their hard work and dedication, College Track will now be able to help hundreds of students every year reach their dream of a college degree," said Laurene Powell Jobs, Co-founder and Chair of College Track.
The new building will allow College Track to grow from serving 200 students this year to 500 students annually within the next 5 years—one third of the Bayview high school aged population. In partnership with the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, local nonprofit organizations and community advocates, College Track will help create a college-going culture in Bayview Hunters Point.
"I'm proud to celebrate the expansion of College Track in San Francisco,” said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. “When I served as mayor, we made important investments in the Bayview but none are as important as the investments we made in our children's future. I am excited to stand with the board and staff of College Track as they continue growing a college-bound culture for the students of Bayview."
When College Track opened its first center in Bayview Hunters Point in 2007, only four African American and six Latino students graduated from the neighborhood high school eligible to attend a four-year university. This past May, the San Francisco center celebrated the graduation of its second class of college-bound students. Among the 43 high school graduates, many were the first in their families to graduate high school. Over 80% percent will be attending a four-year college or university this fall, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and University of San Francisco.
"By opening this College Track facility in the Bayview, we are transforming Bayview Hunters Point into a place where college is an expectation, not an exception, for all students, " said Mayor Ed Lee. "As the 21st century economy demands an educated, prepared workforce, this new facility will help with our efforts to close the graduation gap by providing the resources and support our students need to be successful in their educational endeavors."
David Silver, CEO of College Track commented, “At College Track, we believe that through compassionate partnerships, dedicated, and comprehensive services, we can have a tremendous impact on a student’s life. And we’ve proven it time and time again.”
Since 1997, College Track has served over 1,400 students in San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Oakland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Aurora, CO of which 130 have already graduated from college. College Track actively engages students from the summer before 9th grade through their graduation from college and provides them with the academic, social, and financial resources necessary to succeed. We have demonstrated a tremendous record of success. One hundred percent of our seniors graduate high school. Ninety percent go on to a four-year college, with 65 percent graduating within six years. And 85 percent of these students will be the first person in their family to earn a college degree. In comparison, only 21 percent of low-income students nationwide graduate from college.