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The Next 5: More College Graduates Changing The World

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The Strategic plan 2022-2026

The pandemic is only exacerbating educational inequities. College enrollment and persistence is plummeting nationwide—especially among students of color and those from low-income communities.

10,000 Degrees is responding to the urgency of these accelerating educational inequities. By 2026, we are doubling down to reach more students and grow college success. 10,000 Degrees provides the relevant information, guidance, and resources for students from low-income backgrounds to earn their college degree and achieve their full potential.

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Grow College Success


Grow a more Equitable, Effective Organization


Grow & Sustain Financial Support


Advance Systemic Change For Educational Equity


Extend Impact Beyond College Success

10,000 Degrees Fellows
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Fellows, Claudia Serrano (in the 10KD shirt) and Julisa Vargas (R) at the Contra Costa College welcome orientation with 10,000 Degrees’ scholarship recipients Yailin Sanchez (L) and Oswaldo Navarete.
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Academic Success Volunteer Chris Hurwitz, Academic Success Coordinator Debra Fletcher, and Fellow, Lea Mixon welcoming students on the first day of school at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City.
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Program Manager Abigail Gonzaga Toxqui, 10,000 Degrees student José Gavidia, and Fellows Heidy Barrios Rojas and Miriam Fabian Garcia at the College of Marin transfer graduation ceremony.
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San Francisco Fellows Jonathan Lopez....
San Francisco Fellows Jonathan Lopez, Luis Fernando Montejano, Amy Liao, Jocelyn Salaverria, Mirella Calvillo & James D’Haiti with President & CEO Kim Mazzuca (center) at the 2022 Alumni Changemakers Celebration.
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Program Manager Itzel Sosa Cervera, 10,000 Degrees student Yuliana Morales, and Fellow Tashi Sherpa at the Santa Rosa Junior College transfer ceremony.
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Fellow Willy Lepori and Program Manager Erick Munoz at the Napa Valley College Community Open House.
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10,000 Degrees now serves students in eight Bay Area counties, Utah, and growing...

We are expanding our Fellowship program in new and existing communities, our financial aid through more scholarships, and our career and alumni success programming.
10,000 Degrees Staff & Fellows at 2022 Program Palooza
The Utah Jazz partnered with 10,000 Degrees to help send underrepresented students in Utah to college, pledging to fund a four-year scholarship for a Utah university-bound student for each win starting in the 2020-21 season. Since then, The Utah Jazz has had 114 wins and awarded 114 scholarships, each paired with 10,000 Degrees comprehensive support! The team partnered with us because of our deep scholarship expertise and our national, 40+ year reputation as a leading equity-focused college success nonprofit serving thousands of first-gen students from low-income backgrounds and BIPOC communities.
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Career Success

To support students’ transitions from college graduation to career in order to prosper and positively impact their communities.

We want our students to be set up for lifelong success. That’s why 10,000 Degrees’ support doesn’t end with a college diploma. Our Career Success program provides the foundation our college students and alumni need to become strong job applicants, grow their professional networks, and secure meaningful full-time employment by graduation.

Through strength-based advising, workshops, and resources, they can explore careers, network, learn job-seeking skills, gain work experience, and find guaranteed internships generously provided by our corporate partners. And now with the support of our corporate partners, individual supporters and alumni, we’re excited to announce the launch of our enhanced Career Mentor program, which will strengthen our impact.

“I’m a first-time college student in my family. So everything was completely new to me. I feel like I had so many questions and I always turned to 10,000 Degrees and they always knew what to say so I never felt really lost with them.”
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Britney Navarro
10,000 Degrees Student
University of California, Davis, 2024
Santa Rosa Junior College, 2022
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Ann Schnuer

Director of Career Success