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Proud to have raised over $1.7 million in support of underserved youth in the Bay Area.

Beneficiaries – How We’re Making a Difference

The Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference is presented by the Excellence in Investing for Children’s Causes Foundation (EICCF) to support its mission of improving graduation rates and enrollment in college and vocational training amongst underserved Bay Area high schoolers.

The EICCF financially supports carefully vetted charitable or program assistance organizations. These beneficiaries are vetted for their effectiveness in working with the students and schools they partner with and assist, as well as the efficiency of their administrative expenses.

Our beneficiaries are a diverse group, reflecting our belief that at its core, good education improves literacy and numeracy but also the ability to engage in different social and work settings. Thus, our target organizations support both curricular and extra-curricular activities. Their activities range from science and literacy programs to after-school sport and theater, or lower the burden of college fees through advice, guidance and financial assistance. Others serve marginalized or at-risk youth by building communities, providing housing, and behavioral coaching and support.

A portion of the proceeds from the annual Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference also benefit our partner, The Sohn Conference Foundation, in their dedicated efforts towards finding new treatment and a cure for pediatric cancer and related childhood diseases.

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2021 Beneficiaries

Bridge the Gap College Prep Logo
Bridge the Gap College Prep Logo

Bridge the Gap College Prep was founded in 1995, Bridge the Gap College Prep is an after-school program providing academic, social and emotional support for students with the goal of having Marin City youth complete high school and graduate from college. The mission is driven by resounding facts that demonstrate that in order to break the cycle of poverty in the U.S., low-income students must have the opportunity and skills to enroll, persist and graduate from college. Located in the heart of Marin City’s public housing complex, Bridge the Gap College Prep works to serve a community that has faced persistent educational failure and a cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Students come to Bridge the Gap College Prep approximately two grade levels below state standards. They face a myriad of factors influencing their academic skills and self-esteem. Almost all face significant challenges and trauma, most suffering from the toxic stress associated with economic hardship. Bridge the Gap College Prep serves approximately 40% of Marin City’s students. 97% are youth of color and 100% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Bridge the Gap College Prep intervenes early, supporting students as early as kindergarten, and staying with them throughout their elementary, middle school, high school and college careers – helping students develop college aspirations, building a strong college-going culture, developing academic and social skills, creating a sense of family, and providing much-needed adult consistency in their lives.

Through a mix of one-on-one tutoring and comprehensive after-school programs which students attend from four to sixteen hours a week, Bridge the Gap College Prep helps students overcome prodigious skill gaps in order to succeed on a college track.

For first generation college students, getting to college is just the first part of the journey, persisting and graduating represents an equally formidable challenge. Bridge the Gap College Prep supports these students with a College Advisor through regular check-ins and resource referrals.

Bridge the Gap College Prep’s intensive investment in students is paying off and is helping to increase their lifetime of opportunity. Since the addition of the high school program in 2012, 100% of seniors have graduated and enrolled in college (with the exception of one who joined the U.S. Marines). And, with the help of the College Advisor, 80% are persisting or have graduated. Learn more at www.btgcollegeprep.org

Bridge the Gap College Prep was founded in 1995, Bridge the Gap College Prep is an after-school program providing academic, social and emotional support for students with the goal of having Marin City youth complete high school and graduate from college. The mission is driven by resounding facts that demonstrate that in order to break the cycle of poverty in the U.S., low-income students must have the opportunity and skills to enroll, persist and graduate from college. Located in the heart of Marin City’s public housing complex, Bridge the Gap College Prep works to serve a community that has faced persistent educational failure and a cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Students come to Bridge the Gap College Prep approximately two grade levels below state standards. They face a myriad of factors influencing their academic skills and self-esteem. Almost all face significant challenges and trauma, most suffering from the toxic stress associated with economic hardship. Bridge the Gap College Prep serves approximately 40% of Marin City’s students. 97% are youth of color and 100% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Bridge the Gap College Prep intervenes early, supporting students as early as kindergarten, and staying with them throughout their elementary, middle school, high school and college careers – helping students develop college aspirations, building a strong college-going culture, developing academic and social skills, creating a sense of family, and providing much-needed adult consistency in their lives.

Through a mix of one-on-one tutoring and comprehensive after-school programs which students attend from four to sixteen hours a week, Bridge the Gap College Prep helps students overcome prodigious skill gaps in order to succeed on a college track.

For first generation college students, getting to college is just the first part of the journey, persisting and graduating represents an equally formidable challenge. Bridge the Gap College Prep supports these students with a College Advisor through regular check-ins and resource referrals.

Bridge the Gap College Prep’s intensive investment in students is paying off and is helping to increase their lifetime of opportunity. Since the addition of the high school program in 2012, 100% of seniors have graduated and enrolled in college (with the exception of one who joined the U.S. Marines). And, with the help of the College Advisor, 80% are persisting or have graduated. Learn more at https://btgcollegeprep.org

CEP Community Education Partnerships Logo
CEP Community Education Partnerships Logo

There is a housing and homelessness crisis in the Bay Area right now. As much of the attention related to this crisis is on adults and veterans facing homelessness, the proliferation of encampments, and general issues of housing affordability, it is easy to forget that there are thousands of children in the greater Bay Area living in shelters, transitional homes, hotels and motels, cars, tents, and other places not designed for or suitable for housing families and children. Sadly, these children are two times as likely as their housed peers to score poorly on standardized tests in math and reading, three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, four times more likely to drop out of school, and eight times more likely to repeat grades. Not surprisingly, in California, the high school graduation rate for students experiencing homelessness lags far behind that of their housed peers, which has terrible consequences for both the diploma-less students and the economy.

In September 2010, Community Education Partnerships (CEP) incorporated with the mission of increasing the learning opportunities and enhancing the academic achievement of students facing homelessness and housing insecurity in the San Francisco Bay Area. To achieve this mission, we recruit, screen, and train volunteers to provide high-quality, individualized one-on-one academic tutoring and mentoring for pre-kindergarten – 12th grade unhoused students. As a lack of transportation presents one of the most significant challenges our students face in their education, CEP takes its services to the children. Thus, most of the tutoring and mentoring takes place in shelters, transitional homes, libraries, coffee shops – wherever volunteers can meet their students. CEP provides all of its students with grade-appropriate backpacks, school supplies, and books throughout the school year. Additionally, CEP offers opportunities for students experiencing homelessness to participate in extracurricular enrichment activities like fieldtrips and CEP-hosted shelter-based activities, such as Summer Reading Clubs, Back to School Nights, Homework Clubs, and Family Reading Nights. In 2014, CEP launched an Early Literacy Campaign designed to provide targeted literacy support for pre-K – 5th grade students, and in 2018, CEP launched its Digital Learning Campaign to help bridge the digital divide. During 2020, despite the pandemic, CEP opened its first Children’s Learning Center (CLC) at the Family Matters Shelter in Oakland. More recently, in 2021, CEP opened a Learning Hub at Kennedy High School in Richmond to provide tutoring, mentoring, and case management for West Contra Costa Unified School District students experiencing homelessness. Since 2010, CEP has provided educational support to over 1,100 children in the Bay Area facing homelessness and housing insecurity.
Learn more by visiting www.cep.ngo

Community Education Partnerships (CEP) is a nonprofit, community-based organization whose mission is to increase the learning opportunities and enhance the academic achievement of homeless youth in the Bay Area.

According to a recent article in The Washington Post, “California, the most populous state, had the largest number of homeless children: more than 310,000, or 23 percent of the national total…Student homelessness also is more prevalent there than in almost any other state: Nearly 1 in 20 children in California experienced homelessness during the 2013-2014 school year.” As compared to their stably housed peers, the thousands of homeless and highly mobile (HHM) students enrolled in San Francisco Bay Area schools are twice as likely to score poorly on standardized tests and four times as likely to drop out of school. Moreover, they are eight times more likely to repeat grades, two times more likely to go hungry, and seven times more likely to attempt suicide.

In September 2010, Community Education Partnerships (CEP) incorporated with the mission of increasing the learning opportunities and enhancing the academic achievement of homeless and highly mobile youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. To achieve this mission, we recruit, screen, and train volunteers to provide high-quality, individualized one-on-one academic tutoring and mentoring for pre-kindergarten – 12th grade homeless students. As a lack of transportation presents one of the most significant challenges homeless children face in their education, CEP takes its services to the children. Thus, most of the tutoring and mentoring takes place in shelters, transitional homes, libraries, coffee shops – wherever volunteers can meet their students. CEP provides all of its students with grade-appropriate backpacks, school supplies, and books throughout the school year.

Additionally, CEP offers opportunities for local homeless students to participate in extra-curricular enrichment activities like field trips and CEP-hosted shelter-based activities, such as Summer Reading Clubs, Back to School Nights, Homework Clubs, and Family Reading Nights. In 2014, CEP launched an Early Literacy Campaign designed to provide targeted literacy support for pre-K – 5th grade students, and in 2018, CEP launched its Digital Learning Campaign to help bridge the digital divide. Since 2010, CEP has provided educational support to over 1,000 homeless children in the Bay Area.
Learn more by visiting www.cep.ngo

Bridge the Gap College Prep Logo

Founded in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari to address the educational opportunity gap, 826 Valencia provides free literacy and writing programs to over 5,000 students annually. We hold our programs at three Writing Centers in San Francisco’s Mission, Tenderloin, and Mission Bay neighborhoods, and at 11 partner San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) schools. Each 826 Valencia Writing Center has a whimsical storefront that lets students know that 826 Valencia is a fun adventure. Free and year-round, 826 Valencia’s programs include writing-based field trips, in-school writing support, after-school tutoring, summer camps, evening writing workshops, and college/career readiness programs. Through our work, we amplify student voices through publishing opportunities within and outside of 826 Valencia.
Learn more by visiting 826valencia.org

Bridge the Gap College Prep was founded in 1995, Bridge the Gap College Prep is an after-school program providing academic, social and emotional support for students with the goal of having Marin City youth complete high school and graduate from college. The mission is driven by resounding facts that demonstrate that in order to break the cycle of poverty in the U.S., low-income students must have the opportunity and skills to enroll, persist and graduate from college. Located in the heart of Marin City’s public housing complex, Bridge the Gap College Prep works to serve a community that has faced persistent educational failure and a cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Students come to Bridge the Gap College Prep approximately two grade levels below state standards. They face a myriad of factors influencing their academic skills and self-esteem. Almost all face significant challenges and trauma, most suffering from the toxic stress associated with economic hardship. Bridge the Gap College Prep serves approximately 40% of Marin City’s students. 97% are youth of color and 100% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Bridge the Gap College Prep intervenes early, supporting students as early as kindergarten, and staying with them throughout their elementary, middle school, high school and college careers – helping students develop college aspirations, building a strong college-going culture, developing academic and social skills, creating a sense of family, and providing much-needed adult consistency in their lives.

Through a mix of one-on-one tutoring and comprehensive after-school programs which students attend from four to sixteen hours a week, Bridge the Gap College Prep helps students overcome prodigious skill gaps in order to succeed on a college track.

For first generation college students, getting to college is just the first part of the journey, persisting and graduating represents an equally formidable challenge. Bridge the Gap College Prep supports these students with a College Advisor through regular check-ins and resource referrals.

Bridge the Gap College Prep’s intensive investment in students is paying off and is helping to increase their lifetime of opportunity. Since the addition of the high school program in 2012, 100% of seniors have graduated and enrolled in college (with the exception of one who joined the U.S. Marines). And, with the help of the College Advisor, 80% are persisting or have graduated. Learn more at https://btgcollegeprep.org

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

 

LEADERSHIP SPONSORS

 

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BENEFACTOR SPONSOR

No Street Capital

PATRON SPONSORS

KPMG
EcoR1 Capital
Earnst and Y
Goldman Sachs

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Abacus Group
BNP Paribas
Sentinel Dome Partners
TPG Public Equity Partners

AFFILIATE SPONSOR

Bailard Foundation
Citi
HC Global
Morgan Stanley
Systematic Active Equity | BlackRock
Think Investments

PROMOTIONAL PARTNER

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MEDIA PARTNER

CNBC

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