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West Contra Costa Public Education Fund

  • West Contra Costa Public Education Fund
  • 217C West Richmond Ave.
  • Richmond, CA 94801
  • Veli Waller
  • Program Director
  • (510) 233-1464

Program Description

Ed Fund Mission When communities work together to eliminate inequities, our youth will thrive. The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund mobilizes resources for our students and aligns the efforts of our partners to ensure that all students succeed in college, career, and life. Our Vision All children and youth in West Contra Costa County achieve their highest aspirations and help build healthy, safe, and vibrant communities for generations to come. The Ed Fund offers several different programs including scholarships, college access and expanded learning. College Advising Program (CAP) Our CAP program is a series of 4 workshops delivered in class to seniors in the Information Technology Academy at 3 comprehensive high schools in West Contra Costa Unified School District. The workshops include: applying for college, financial aid, scholarships and interpreting financial aid awards. Getting Ready for College Conference Our annual conference that typically draws 300+ students and parents. The conference is geared towards high school students and their families. Scholarships We provide college scholarships to low income students. As part of our scholarship program, students receive support with financial aid and transitioning to college Financial Aid Campaign We lead a financial aid campaign throughout West Contra Costa Unified School District ensuring that all 2000+ seniors in the district have the opportunity to receive help with their FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. District completion percentages have grown from 34% to 67%.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 10%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 20%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 50%
  • African American: 20%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 2000
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (20)

First-Generation

  • Between 50% and 75%