Angel Benjamin ‘19
achieve has not only helped me to have so many new privileges, experiences and opportunities I never dreamed of having, but the people there are making sure that I am the best I can be, and that I can succeed in whatever I try to do in life.”

Melissa Cervantes ‘17
“The greatest impact the achieve Program has had on my life is that it has helped me step out of my comfort zone and try new and challenging things that I never thought I would be able to do.”

Jolly Curameng ‘19
“As an incoming 9th grader, the summer school program really helped me to prepare for the upcoming school year. During the summer program, I was taught various reading and writing techniques, given an interesting and fun academic experience, and made new friends”

Fernando Delgado ‘18
“The achieve program taught me that giving back is and should be a part of your life. If you do not give back, then you may never receive the truly valuable things in life, such as happiness and fulfillment.”

Gaby Nunez ‘17
"achieve has taught me that giving back and helping other is something you should do all of your life. It gives you a feeling of happiness when you see others smile and hearing that your actions have benefited the people in your community."
Javier Garay
Javier Garay ‘17
"The achieve summer experiences have really helped me by keeping me productive during a time of year when itís easy not to be, and by creating positive learning habits that will not only help me in school, but in the real world as well.”

Marah Trujillo ‘17
achieve has had a huge impact in my life. One of the biggest things it has helped me with is stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things that I never thought I could do.”

Jose Rico ‘18
achieve taught me to help others and to see others as equals, no matter what their circumstances or condition might be.”

achieve is a year-round, four-year high school scholarship and academic enrichment program for underserved students from low-income families. By providing quality educational and extensive individual support, achieve increases the options and opportunities of all its students. All of the young men and women selected for the program demonstrate academic excellence and are highly motivated to change and improve their lives.

Currently, achieve serves 87 students and has a staff of five, including three credentialed educators, all dedicated to supporting and mentoring the students. The young men in the program attend Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco and Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. The young women attend Mercy High School in San Francisco and Holy Names High School in Oakland.

Although achieve’s tuition grants enable students to attend private schools, the most important aspect of the program is the support given to students throughout their four years of high school. Mentoring, tutoring, cultural excursions, summer internships, community service programs, extensive college counseling and parent support are some of the services provided to ensure that achieve students are informed, educated, service-minded, and well-prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

achieve is more than an academic program. By broadening the horizons of the students through cultural, career, and community service experiences, they emerge as young adults equipped with the tools to lead better lives, to be leaders, and to make a difference in their communities. For the young men and women in the program, achieve is truly opening a world of possibilities.