Foundation for a College Education’s mission is to increase the number of students of color from East Palo Alto and similar communities who graduate from a four-year college or university.

“I believe that education is the purest means of social justice and the most powerful means of social change,” wrote Kimberly Trujillo Young, reflecting on the journey that took her from public school in East Palo Alto to UC Berkeley, to a Master’s degree from Stanford University, all with help and support from Foundation for a College Education (FCE).

Since 1995, FCE has worked to increase the number of students of color from East Palo Alto and the surrounding area who graduate from a four-year college or university. FCE has created a community where higher education is attainable. By engaging both students and parents in intensive, personalized programs starting in high school, FCE provides the information, the resources, and the encouragement students need to succeed in college and beyond.

Of the 140 students who have graduated from FCE’s high school program since 1999, 100% have enrolled in a college or university. Eighty-five percent of enrolled FCE students have either graduated from college or on track to graduate. This percentage is more than double the college graduation rate for all students and more than three times the rate for students of color.

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Laura Martinez
I remember when I was a freshman in high school sitting around a table with FCE seniors and feeling lucky to be a part of such an inspiring, impressive, and fearless group. With FCE’s help I went to college where I was introduced to a whole new world.  I was East Palo Alto’s youngest and first Latina Mayor, working to create positive change in the community.  I am also an FCE volunteer, ambassador, and donor. It is a pleasure to give back to the organization that gave so much to me."
Laura Martinez
FCE College Bound Program ’02
Whittier College ‘06