San Diego

A Better Chance – National *
Grades: 4-9
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.

Any Body Can Foundation
Grades: K-12
The vision of the Any Body Can Youth Foundation is to provide a complete after school program in a safe, inviting environment for children in underserved areas. Our unique concept involves a boxing gym built within the confines of a learning center/ library. Programs include "Bridging the Gap" enrichment, tutoring from credentialed teachers, adult mentoring, and boxing instruction from world class coaches.

Barrio Logan College Institute
Grades: 3-12
Barrio Logan College Institute mission is to provide all students access to higher education. We pursue this vision by providing comprehensive college-prep afterschool programs for local disadvantaged students and their families starting in elementary school and continuing until college graduation.

COCA Urban Arts Program
Grades: K-12
Urban Arts is a multifaceted outreach program developed in partnership with select urban schools that provides arts instruction, including performances, workshops, and residencies. Urban Arts is comprised of five different programs: SchoolTime Arts, After-school Classes, Pre-professional Dance Program, the Scholarship Fund, and Interchange.

Girls Inc. of San Diego – National
Grades: 6-18
Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls of all ages to be strong, smart, and bold. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained mentoring professionals, equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girls Inc. of San Diego County is committed to investing significantly in each girl so she establishes and maintains relationships with program sites that last for years. We try to expose the same girl to multiple Girls Inc. programs throughout her middle and high school tenure.

The Independent School Alliance *
Grades: 1-10
Established in 1985 by a group of Southern California school heads, The Independent School Alliance is an organization of 50+ private independent elementary and secondary schools that want to increase their diversity. The Independent School Alliance provides assistance to families of color with the application process to its member schools. The Independent School Alliance counsels families on appropriate school choice; entrance testing information and (if necessary) how to apply for financial aid. Additionally, The Independent School Alliance provides a variety of support programs and acts as a resource to member schools on issues of equity and justice.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Grades: 7-12
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.

Social Advocates for Youth San Diego (SAY)
All ages
SAY’s mission is to be a consistent leader in creating and providing quality services and support that assist children, families and communities to overcome barriers while developing skills to realize and sustain their full potential. SAY San Diego supports the positive development of young people, their families and communities through the provision of a variety of services. These services include: Delinquency Prevention & Juvenile Diversion; Extended Day Before & After School Programs; Vacation Programs for Youth; Family Support and Development; Community Development & Collaboration; School Readiness & Support; Mental Health Services and more.

Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK)
Grades: 3-12
The Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program (SEEK) is the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) premiere solution to the underrepresentation of African American students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The free, three week program is a STEM pipeline designed to expose African American children to STEM fields as early as the third grade and through the twelfth grade. In addition, this exposure will be provided by utilizing NSBE members, who are young, Black, collegiate students, majoring in STEM fields.

Tech Trek
Grades: 7
Tech Trek is a science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on a university campus where camps are held.

Youth to College – University of San Diego
Grades: K-12
The Youth to College program originally began as a cooperative effort between several colleges in the San Diego area, designed with the overarching goal of encouraging students to attend college. The program still maintains that goal, but with a deeper effort into increasing literacy and critical thinking skills of local K-12 students through in-school and after school programming. Youth to College collaborates with multiple schools and community centers through co-creating programs, helping to enhance existing programs, and providing additional support staff.
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Prep for Prep's mission is to develop future leaders by creating access for young people of color to first-rate educational, leadership development and professional opportunities.