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A Better Chance - Northwest Region

  • A Better Chance - Northwest Region
  • 436 14th Street
    Suite 1015
  • Oakland, CA 94612
  • (510) 763-0333
  • Erin Gervertz
  • Assistant Program Manager for Admissions and Placement
  • 510-496-1151

Program Description

Opening the doors to greater educational opportunities since 1963.

A Better Chance is the oldest and only national organization of its kind changing the life trajectory for academically talented youth of color via access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12. Our mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. We carry out our mission through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program, which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 Scholars at more than 300 Member Schools in 27 states. We have been opening the doors to greater educational opportunities since 1963 and more than 15,000 Alumni have now gone on to distinguished careers as physicians, artists, educators, lawyers, politicians and corporate executives.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 8%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 16%
  • Other: 14%
  • African American: 62%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 2206
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%