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 for 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 86 students and has a staff of six, including three 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 Burlingame 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 tools to lead better lives, become leaders, and make a difference in their communities. For the young men and women in the program, achieve is truly opening a world of possibilities.
This program has helped me not only create and achieve goals I would not have fathomed possible for myself, it has also shown me that the limits to my success are as boundless as I desire them to be.
Sofia Ortega-Guerrero '18 - Yale University '22
I came into achieve as a young teenager with dreams. I am leaving achieve as a teenager who knows how to make those dreams a reality.
John Bermudez '16 - Colgate '20
Thanks to the achieve Program, I have been exposed to a myriad of opportunities I would not have had access to anywhere else. My internships at the Exploratorium, UCSF Medical Center, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute have been absolutely pivotal in my life.
Natasha Alvarado '18 - University of Chicago '22
The guidance and mentorship of the achieve Program has shaped me into the man I am today — confident in my abilities and ready to tackle the next step in my journey after high school.
Louie Mezie '19 - Lawrence University '23
achieve has shown me that I can be more and I can help other people in my family and community be more, too… achieve has changed my life and I will use the tools given to me to become a driving force in success, change and empowerment.
Brittany DeWeaver '16 - Carleton College '20
Without achieve, Middlebury College would have not been a possibility because I would not have had the knowledge of the college process. Not only did achieve give me the resources to apply to college, but also helped me understand what types of colleges fit me.
Nestor Orozco-Llamas '19 - Middlebury College '23
When I was accepted into the program, my 14-year-old self was not aware of the gifts that would be given to me by achieve in the next four years: knowledge, personal growth, life-changing events, support, and love.
Samantha Alvarado '19 - Southwestern University '23
achieve has taught me that giving back and helping others 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.
Gaby Nunez '17 - Lawrence University '21
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.
Melissa Cervantes '17 - St. Olaf College '21