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Beyond 12 was selected by Google as one of the top 10 in the Bay Area Impact Challenge! We will receive funding to develop the next generation of MyCoach, a mobile app that brings the effectiveness of our personal college coaches to a critical mass of low-income college students. Through a public voting campaign, four of the top 10 finalists will have the opportunity to receive an additional $250,000. Voting ends of June 2nd.

Thank you to Ashoka for highlighting our work to act as a data and service bridge between K-12 and higher education in Forbes magazine!

Beyond 12 is honored and thrilled to have been named one of the world's top 10 most innovative companies in education by Fast Company! A huge thanks to the Beyond 12 team (staff, board, funders, donors, volunteers) who work so diligently to ensure that we are worthy of this honor. Thank you to our innovative clients - high schools, college access/success programs, and colleges - for realizing that our responsibility to students extends beyond high school graduation. Finally, a HUGE thanks to the students we serve who are the true innovators and pioneers. Thank you, Fast Company!

Beyond 12 welcomes Shonda Rhimes to its board of directors! Rhimes is best known as the creator and executive producer of the popular ABC television series Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, as well as a film screenwriter. Rhimes joins a diverse board of directors at Beyond 12 that includes experts from the education, nonprofit, technology and business communities.

Bay Area College Success Network (BACSN), Beyond 12 and the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund hosted close to 400 college-bound freshmen at the On Our Way Summer Institute this Saturday. A special thank you to the generous sponsors: Intel, NewSchools Venture Fund and Peery Foundation!

Intel features Beyond 12 on their webiste. Beyond 12 is proud to partner with Intel to ease the path to cap and gown, and beyond!

One Percent Foundation Partners recently voted to provide a grant of $10,000.01 to Beyond 12 from the NextGen Giving Circle! Thank you so much for helping us ensure that all students have the opportunity to earn a college degree that allows them to provide for their families, contribute to society and break the cycle of poverty for the next generation. We're honored to be in the company of our friends at Tutorpedia!!

Beyond 12's College Knowledge Challenge win was featured on Tech Crunch!

Beyond 12 is thrilled to be one of the winners of the Gates Foundation sponsored College Knowledge Challenge! We will be developing a mobile app (linked to our Facebook app) to help students succeed in college and beyond. Stay tuned for more...

Beyond 12 has been selected as a top Bay Area nonprofit! Philanthropedia surveyed 99 experts working in education to identify organizations that were having the biggest impact. These experts reviewed 162 organizations and identified 17 as top performers. As a new organization, we are thrilled to be on the list with so many amazing organizations that have been improving educational outcomes for students for many years. Congrats to all of these top performers. Here's to increasing our impact in the Bay Area...and beyond!

Beyond 12 celebrated its 3rd birthday with the screening of the documentary First Generation at Dolby Laboratories' Screening Room. The film narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, tells the story of four high school students who set out to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families by pursuing a college education.

Beyond 12 was selected as Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund's (SV2) newest education grantee! The entire B12 team is grateful for SV2's support and thrilled to be working with the SV2 team and Partners to scale our impact and ensure that all students are prepared for college and life success!

Beyond 12 is thrilled to host close to 200 college-bound freshmen at the Beyond 12 College Success Summer Institute this Saturday. A special thank you to the generous sponsors: Citi, NewSchools Venture Fund and The Mitchell Kapor Foundation! Because of their generosity, several lucky students will receive fully loaded netbooks, among other prizes!

Beyond 12's CEO, Alexandra Bernadotte, recently won the Jefferson Award for Public Service! Check out this CBS 5 segment about Beyond 12's work. It highlights our CEO, two of our college coaches as well as one of our amazing college students. A special thank you to the wonderful team at Full Circle Fund for nominating us for this prestigious award. We are honored and thrilled about what this recognition will mean to further our efforts to ensure that all students have the opportunity to earn a college degree. Please join our efforts!

Beyond 12's CEO, Alexandra Bernadotte, was recently selected as an Ashoka fellow, one of the highest honors for social entrepreneurs in the world! Ashoka is a global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs-individuals with innovative, large-scale ideas for addressing social problems. We are thrilled and humbled by this honor, and see it as true testament to the importance of our mission. Congrats to the other new Ashoka U.S. fellows!

Beyond 12 is recruiting College Coaches for both San Francisco and Atlanta!

As of today, Beyond 12 is tracking the post-secondary progress of 10,496 college students, and coaching 816 first and second year college students!!! Thank you so much to all of our secondary and post-secondary partners who are committed to ensuring that their students not only get into college but that they earn college degrees. Thank you to our donors, advisors, board of directors and staff who always go above and beyond in service of our students. And, most of all, thank you to our courageous students who, despite facing tremendous obstacles, remain committed to their college journeys. Success in college, success for life, indeed!

Beyond 12 announces a new partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Education Fund to create a summer bridge program, and coach and track 250 first-generation and underrepresented students who are graduating from SFUSD in the spring and planning to enroll at CCSF in the fall of 2011.

Beyond 12 is one of the first 3 investments that NewSchools Venture Fund made for their $5M “Waiting for Superman” pledge!


96 experts identified Beyond 12 as a top Bay Area startup nonprofit!


Lutani, a freshman at Mills College and a graduate of Green Dot's Animo Pat Brown High School, is the winner of the fall $1,000 alumni scholarship!

NewSchools Venture Fund featured Beyond 12 in their “Changing the Odds” video. Beyond 12 is extremely honored to be in the company of such amazing innovators and excited to be part of a movement that is changing the odds for so many students.

Beyond 12 is mentioned in this blog by Mike Goldstein, Founder of MATCH School.

Beyond 12 is thrilled to announce a grant from the Peery Foundation!

Beyond 12 welcomes its inaugural class of college coaches! Welcome Fernando, Lelia and Meron!