To achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world.
Nothing is more powerful for our students than hearing, “we believe you can do it,” from a near-peer mentor. Being recent graduates and mostly 10,000 Degrees alumni, Fellows connect meaningfully with students through their shared experiences, content expertise, and unwavering belief in the potential of every student. Guided by seasoned Program Managers, Fellows also receive professional development, and many go on to become 10,000 Degrees managers and directors, and pursue graduate degrees.
“10,000 Degrees is the reason why I was able to go to college. As a DACA recipient, college was not something I knew I had access to. Thanks to the support and motivation from 10,000 Degrees I am now a college graduate. I graduated from UC Davis debt free and now I am paying it forward by coming back to the organization so that I can do what was done for me.”