The College Path

April 2017

Mission Graduates
Sending Mission youth to college since 1972

Bringing Poetry to the Stage at Bryant


Each spring, students at Bryant Elementary Extended Day Program get up on stage to showcase what they've learned during their poetry unit.  Each class learns about the many different literary devices, and then focuses on a theme to share with students and families.

This year's event was filled with "I Am Special," "Tacos are...," the Four Seasons, and letters to loved ones (and one to our new President).  

Through another amazing partnership with Streetside Stories, Ms. JoJo's 4th and 5th graders created visual poetry for The Kindness Project.  Sharing their own thoughts on what kindness means, who inspires them to be kind, and what ways they hope to be kind to our greater community, this project was accompanied by an amazing photography project for the whole school to see.


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Cohort 9 Clicks "Accept"

The College Connect office has been full of exciting decisions lately.  The high school seniors of Cohort 9 have been weighing financial aid packages and making their final decisions.  And the smiles have been worth the wait - being the first in their family to attend a four-year university is no small feat.

Cohort 9 will be representing the Mission District at CSUs (San Jose State University, CSU Channel Islands, CSU East Bay, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills and San Francisco State University) as well as UC Merced, UC Berkeley, CalPoly, and private schools like Mills College and the University of San Francisco.

Congrats to these future college graduates!  

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And we can't wait to celebrate their achievements at our graduation event, Mi Pasaje.

Mi Pasaje 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
St. John's Episcopal Church

To RSVP, please email Catherine Marroquin, Program Director, at


Promoting Education Across the City 

The Parent Partner Program continues to find new ways to support parents and families in Mission District schools.  


With at least 5 workshops a week, the team relies on an amazing group of Promotoras - community organizers who facilitate workshops, provide resources throughout the community, and help train new parent leaders in our schools.

This month, our 7 Promotoras have been sharing information about summer programming, immigration resources, and college savings plans at schools around the Mission, and even at City Hall!






Beacon Wrestlers Make Their Mark




The Beacon Wrestling team is continuing to grow in size and reputation this spring.  
A way for many students to connect with school athletics in a new way, the wrestling program showed up big at a local meet recently.

Competing against middle schools around the Bay Area, Everett Owls showed their hard work in the gym was paying off - with big wins and noteworthy pins.  




    A big shout out to our girls team, paving the way for a strong season ahead.



Poetry For The Whole Family at Marshall



After a month of diving into the many forms of poetry, Marshall students were ready to share their favorite poems with parents and siblings at the annual Poetry Night.

With in-class presentations, special poetry activities to do as a family, and a bit of theatrics, Marshall students proved they are all poets.


Hope and Grace Supports Madres Líderes

The Parent Parent Partner Program is excited to create a new partnership focusing on the connection between parent leadership development and mental health.

The hope & grace initiative represents an unprecedented and unending commitment by philosophy, the wellbeing beauty brand, to support mental health and wellbeing. 



Through this collaboration, the Parent Leaders  at our 14 schools will find a space to grow as community leaders, create career pathways, and build the confidence to speak up - leaving lasting effects on their well-being and mental health. 


Shaking Things Up Through STEM

The Extended Day Program at Flynn loves to take time to focus on STEM each week. 

Designing experiments, logging findings in science journals, and presenting findings, our students are well-versed in the scientific process.

This month, students chose their favorite STEM camp and dove into solving problems through science.

In Mad Chemical Scientists, the mystery of oil and water was explored, using a bit of food coloring to illustrate the two liquids inability to mix.





OC Students Continue College Tours



High school juniors are busy creating their dream college application lists this spring, visiting schools around the Bay Area with the College and Career team to see where they might end up next year. 

Along with one admitted senior, OC students headed to UC Merced to hear from other first-generation college students on what life on campus is really like.  

With special guest appearances from a few familiar faces from Cohort 8 and Cohort 3 (working on her PhD!), the tour gave students insight into what a school like UC Merced can offer. 


MG Welcomes Sanchez Elementary



In the fall of 2017, Mission Graduates will begin programming at Sanchez Elementary School.  

Located on the same block as Everett Middle School, we are excited to serve more Mission District families through afterschool and parent engagement programming.

Stay tuned for more great Sanchez news in the next year!



Come March With Mission Youth! 

March to College 2017


Now more than ever, Mission Graduates is dedicated to inspiring all Mission District students to plan for college futures.  

Sharing "College Knowledge", our youth from kindergarten through college graduation are helping shift the expectations in our community.

This year's March to College, happening on May 11th, will give our students a new platform to announce to the community - " I am going to College."

Join us as students from Mission Graduates, Jamestown Community Centers, Boys and Girls Club, Mission YMCA, Refugee Transitions, Mission Neighborhood Centers, JCYC, 100% College Prep, and the Mission Promise Neighborhood will be marching down Mission Street with a message.


March to College 2017

Thursday, May 11th - 3-6pm
March: Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 at 3pm
College Rally: John O'Connell HS - 4:15pm-6:00pm​




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