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Cash for College Info Session

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Cash for College Info Session

Wednesday, November 15th

2:00-4:00PM at the Balboa High Library

Community organizations at Bal that help you navigate college and career

JCYC Upward Bound

JCYC Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that provides fundamental support to students in their preparation for college entrance. All JCYC UB students are from either low- income families or potential first generation college students. While in Upward Bound, students will get a variety of student support services including but not limited to 1-on-1 academic advising, educational workshops, tutoring, mentoring, and college campus field trips. Lastly, all services provided are free to students!

Contact information:

Judy Wang


Fatima Albowyha


10,000 Degrees

10,000 Degrees is a non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world.

We support high school students at Balboa High School in the following areas:

College Pathways Awareness & Preparation

  • 4-year college applications (UC/CSU/HBCU/PRIVATE)

  • Community college applications

  • Community college class registration

College & Financial Aid Advising and Navigation

  • Financial aid applications (FAFSA & CA DREAM ACT)

  • Student and family college and financial aid workshops

Scholarships & Financial Aid Management

  • 10,000 Degrees scholarship application

  • Understanding financial aid award letters

Link to our Program Interest Form

Link to our Scholarship Application 

Contact Information:

Regina Ramirez, San Francisco Program Manager


College Ambassadors

The College Access Team is a division of SFUSD’s College & Career Readiness team. College ambassadors aim to increase college access, matriculation & success for SFUSD’s underserved students. Balboa College Ambassadors are current college students focused on direct student support with the college application process. We directly support students with college applications, exploring different college/post-high school options, financial aid applications, and scholarships. We also collaborate with families about college decisions and support students in anything college/postsecondary access-related. 

Contact Information:

Vindy Lim:

Iris Castillo:

Educational Talent Search (ETS)

JCYC ETS is a community-based Educational Talent Search program funded by the U.S. Dept of Education since 1979. Our purpose is to identify, select, and assist low-income youth ages 11 and older who have the potential to be the first generation in their family to continue in and graduate from high school and enroll in a 4-year college. Although our target students are low-income and first-generation, we strive and are open to helping all students of Balboa High School. We help students with the following and more:

  • College Campus Tours 
  • Free Fee Waivers (UC, SAT, & ACT)
  • College Application Assistance 
  • One-on-one Academic / college advising
  • Personal Statement & Writing Workshop
  • Cash For College Workshops

Contact Information:

Jackie Gonzalez


SF Stem Academy

SF STEM ACADEMY is a JCYC workforce development program that prepares high school youth to pursue a degree and future career in a STEM field. The program includes after-school enrichment centered around various hands-on STEM activities such as computer science, environmental sciences, and biology. There are monthly field trips to local San Francisco sites to observe and learn about different STEM industries.

The program provides bi-weekly pay for 4 hours weekly during the school year, and bi-weekly pay for 20 hours/week during the summertime. Space is limited to only 20 students qualified students.

Contact Information:

Abdoulie Jallow



Academic Counselors

Your Academic Counselors can help you navigate college, too! Balboa automatically assigns students to counselors based on students' last names. You can ask them academic and college-related questions anytime:

  • Last names A–C: 
    Mr Cheng
  • Last names D–JAH:
    Ms. Valle
  • Last names JAM–MEL:
    Mr. Moreno
  • Last names MEN–TAM:
    Ms. Verdin
  • Last names TAN–Z:
    Ms. Lee

This page was last updated on November 7, 2023