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achieve

201 Filbert Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.576-8100
achieve@achieveprogram.org

Staff


We are proud of our highly trained and dedicated staff. Please feel free to contact any staff member to find out about specific aspects of the program.

Barbara Bass Bakar
Founder/Executive Director

Kathryn Ascencio
Assistant College Advisor/Program Coordinator
(415) 576-8108 kascencio@achieveprogram.org

Karen Iwasa
Executive Assistant kiwasa@achieveprogram.org

Sarah Jiménez
Administrative Assistant/Program Coordinator
(415) 576-8131
sjimenez@achieveprogram.org

Linda Perez
College Advisor
(415) 576-8101
lperez@achieveprogram.org

Alex Rivera
Program Coordinator
(415) 576-8107 alex.rivera@achieveprogram.org

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Student Testimonials

  • 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

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