Our mission is to provide the low-income youth of our community with the opportunities they need to achieve school success.
What We Do
BGCP students live in the under-resourced neighborhoods of East Palo Alto, east Menlo Park and the Fair Oaks area of Redwood City, CA. These neighborhoods are in the heart of Silicon Valley, yet 89% of students of BGCP students qualify for free-reduced price meals, 23% are homeless, and 70% are not proficient in core academics.
Our strategy is to tightly integrate our after-school and summer programs with the schools so we are an extension of the learning day.
BGCP achieves impact by engaging 2500 K-16 students in a combination of academic support, relationship building, and enrichment opportunities during the school day and after school. These services contribute to a sense of safety, positive adult relationships,and belonging, which lay a foundation for success in school.
BGCP's services are provided in two broad categories:
1) General services are available to any student, and every grade level has general services offerings. General services include academic supports, such as homework help and tutoring; enrichment activities grounded in experiential/project-based learning; and mentoring and other community-building activities.
2) Intensive services
are research-informed programs designed to impact a specific subset of students who are getting off track or are likely to encounter significant barriers to post-secondary success at key moments in time.
High school students take advantage of our Future Grads program to develop the skills, mentoring and peer support they need to become 1st generation college graduates. Our career pathways program connects high school and college students with invaluable networking and work experience.