Postsecondary Success

Ensure More Students Complete Their Postsecondary Journeys

Learn more about how we're taking action

In the Bay Area, a place with significant opportunity, all students should have the support they need to achieve their educational goals and unlock an array of career opportunities. However, every year, thousands of highly capable students in San Francisco and Alameda Counties graduate from high school but do not have the opportunity to go on to earn a certificate or college degree, making it more challenging to earn enough money to live in the Bay Area. Many more will attend a local community college or public university but will not graduatea phenomenon disproportionately affecting students who are the first in their families to go to college, students who come from low-income households, and students of color. Meanwhile, the need for higher education and technical training for jobs has increased dramatically and will continue to grow.

We believe in an inclusive Bay Area where all students can access the region’s vast economic opportunities. By 2029, we will ensure that our region’s most consistently underresourced students enroll, persist through, and graduate with the skills they need to pursue their career goals at the same rates as any of their peers.

To reach our goal,

the Stupski Foundation will invest in the following initial strategies in the Bay Area:

Boost High School-Into-College Advising

Partner with community-based organizations that deliver and/or enhance academic, financial, and career advising offered in high school and college

We are partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide academic, financial, and career advising to youth to increase the number of students who pursue postsecondary degrees and credentials and living-wage work opportunities. The CBOs will provide college and career advising services to students in late high school and/or college and enhance existing advising that schools provide. These supports will help students make informed choices about their academic and early-career journeys. Supports may include a range of activities such as helping students define their education and career goals; assisting students in navigating the college financial aid process; providing opportunities for career exploration; and coaching students to strengthen their social, emotional, and relational skills. In addition, we are proud to support the district partners who work with the school districts to facilitate coordination and collaboration of services—an initiative to maximize the incredible impact of our CBO grantees.

Learn more about our CBO partners and this initiative here.

Use Data to Close Equity Gaps

Establish predictive analytics and proactive advising processes and systems within the California State University system

To close persistence and graduation equity gaps so students complete their degrees or certificates, we are partnering with local California State University (CSU) campuses to strengthen their predictive analytics and proactive advising practices. The Foundation will also partner with CSUs to improve data collection technology and workflow. As a result, our partners will be able to use predictive tools to proactively identify students’ needs and provide tailored supports. Those supports, designed for each student, will range from academic, financial, and career advising to meeting basic needs such as food security and emergency financial aid. With this system in place, CSUs will be better equipped to intervene early and meet each student’s needs.

Learn more about our CSU partners and their work here.

Expand Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Partner with CBOs that offer young people of color paid work experience so youth can pursue their degrees, get on-the-job experience, and gain connections to living-wage careers

Paid work experience can open doors to life-changing career paths. Yet too often, systemic inequities in education and the workforce prevent young people of color from accessing professional development opportunities. As a result, the workforce misses out on a well of underutilized local talent in our communities. To dismantle the status quo, we are partnering with CBOs that provide paid opportunities to students of color so youth can apply what they’re learning in the classroom to the industries of their choice. An evidence-based lever for change, work-based learning connects students with living-wage careers, building a more equitable and viable pathway to the job market for young adults.

Learn more about our community-based organization partners and their work here.

Improve Access to Basic Needs

Increase students’ access to services through integrated student supports that make it easier to pursue their education and secure a living-wage job

The Foundation is interested in increasing students’ access to one-stop, co-located services that are coordinated to assist students holistically. Co-located services are carefully coordinated and may include food assistance, emergency grants, financial literacy instruction, and other basic needs supports. They may also include career advising and additional programs that assist students in clarifying personal and career goals. Additionally, the Foundation is committed to helping students complete their coursework at a community college and successfully transfer to a university or secure a living-wage job. However, we know that students often cannot afford basic necessities while in school. We will support students in managing the staggering nontuition costs of attending college, which include transportation, food, housing, textbooks, and more.

Postsecondary Success in Hawaiʻi

We are committed to helping more of Hawaiʻi’s young people pursue a postsecondary degree and career building experiences that enable them to malama their families and communities. To realize this goal, we are exploring holistic student support initiatives and work-based learning throughout the islands, with an emphasis on students underrepresented in college and rural communities whose students may face greater barriers to participating in postsecondary opportunities. We look forward to sharing more stories and information about our partners’ work soon.

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