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 81 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.

Student Testimonials

  • The greatest impact achieve has had on my life is the college counseling. The help with writing, research, and financial aid has helped streamline the process significantly.

    Oscar Hernandez ‘23 Amherst College ‘27

  • achieve has helped me step out of my comfort zone and has guided me through my highs and lows. It helped me become the person I am today.

    Kaycee Leyson - MHSB '24

  • The summer internships have given me early insight on how to be successful when working my first job.

    Carlos Gonzalez - SJND ‘24

  • The achieve Program gives me the resources, support, and opportunities to succeed. What I like best is the endless support you receive from everybody.

    Angela Leon Alvarez - HNHS '26

  • The summer experience helped me to step out of my comfort zone and socialize with those around me to get to know them better.

    Daniela Perez - MHSB '26

  • achieve exposes its students to the world, turning bright students into shining ones.

    Alexander Robinson ‘23 - Reed College ‘27

  • achieve has taught me that education and growth go hand in hand with helping others.

    Sophie Ramirez - HNHS '24

  • achieve has given me hands-on work experience and helped me build leadership skills, which will help me apply for colleges and jobs in the future.

    Jayden Lucas - SJND '25

  • Community service is more rewarding than anything. Getting to help and care for those around you brings out true smiles and happiness.

    Nichola Carrillo - MHSB ‘26

  • The help and mentorship of achieve set me up to succeed and have an amazing four years at high school.

    Joseph Zuloaga ‘23 - Columbia University ‘27

  • I enjoy going to the achieve cultural events at the theater, because they are always so much fun and engaging. I like that I participate in activities I never got to try before.

    Vy Phan - HNHS ‘25

  • achieve has taught me to help others for a good cause because you never know how that will influence a person’s life.

    Israel Joseph - SJND '26

  • From summer internships I have gained a vast amount of knowledge on what having a job is like. I got a taste of what it is like to be an adult, and have lots of responsibility.

    Christopher Dominguez - ARHS ‘25

Help achieve to continue opening a world of possibilities...