Bay Area Promise Neighborhoods put students on track for high school graduation. The vision of a Promise Neighborhood is for all children and youth to have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. Promise Neighborhood sites in the Bay Area include the Mission Promise Neighborhood in San Francisco and the Hayward Promise Neighborhood. Both of these programs have taken an equity approach, targeting low-income families and families of color, and have shown promising results. Between 2012 and 2016, the high school graduation rate at the target school in San Francisco’s Mission Promise Neighborhood increased from 62 percent to 86 percent, a 24-percentage-point increase. The program also successfully enrolled 100 percent of subsidy-eligible children ages 3 to 5 years in high-quality preschools in 2017. In the Hayward Promise Neighborhood, graduation rates at Hayward High School increased by 13 percentage points (from 76 percent in 2011 to 89 percent in 2016). Learn more.
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21-year old Kelli Cosby will be the first college graduate in her family when she finishes her degree at Cal State East Bay in 2020. Currently majoring in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies, Kelli says that the Hayward Promise Neighborhood helped prepare her for college. She is currently interning at her alma matter's college and career center and is planning for her own career to be in education, with a focus on at-risk youth, after she graduates.
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