Here is a call to all San Francisco Bay Area high school graduating African American males headed to college this fall. First of all, congratulations on all your hard work. Did you know that you are role models creating change, not only for yourselves, but for our communities as well?
The Mitchell Kapor Foundation invites you to be part of a unique graduation ceremony recognizing and honoring college bound African American male students from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This very special ceremony will take place on June 8 at the College Bound Brotherhood Graduation, at the beautiful Oakland Museum of California. This is a wonderful milestone event that wishes to share the joy of recognizing potential with the community.
Cedric Brown, CEO of the Kapor Foundation, is committed to realizing the goals of the Foundation’s College Bound Brotherhood program. “Our goal is to reinforce a college-going culture among young black male students,” he said. “College education is a crucial vehicle for economic and social mobility. We are celebrating the achievements of young black men who are defying the odds and are on their way toward creating change for themselves, their families, and our communities.”
The event is part of the Foundation’s College Bound Brotherhood program, whose aim is to change a harsh statistic: college graduates earn twice as much as those with only a high-school diploma. Yet, of black male students who graduate from high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, only a mere 11 percent of them have the courses and grades necessary for acceptance to a California university.
The program was founded in 2008, and since then the Kapor Foundation has distributed nearly $1 million in grants to organizations supporting young black men through college readiness workshops, college tours, academic coaching, mentoring, and so much more. True to its spirit of promoting educational success, The Foundation is accepting requests through June 15 for $25,000 grants to those community organizations working on college readiness for young black men. For additional information on how to apply for a grant, please visit mkf.org.
The Event Facts
June 8, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607. To further honor and encourage the graduates, all young men who participate in the celebration will be eligible for a $100 stipend to help defray the cost of college books.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: http://collegeboundbrosgraduation.eventbrite.com.
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