Student Impact Report | 2021-2022

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Education is the greatest equalizer in closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR Thanks to your generosity, we served more students than ever before and figured out how to better meet the needs of our students. The lingering effects of the pandemic challenged us to deal with learning loss and even larger achievement gaps. Here’s what we accomplished in the 2021-22 school year: • 408 students served • 19 students graduated high school, with 16 of them headed to college this fall • 52 students recovered 104 classes in our High School Credit Recovery Summer Program, changing failing grades to passing • 97 K-8 students engaged in literacy, math, and rowing during “Summer Jam” in collaboration with Play Marin, The Hannah Project, Marin City Library, Marin City CSD, Marin Rowing, and Sausalito Marin City School District I’m also pleased to share that the Board of Directors voted unanimously to update our vision and mission statements. Mission: The mission of Bridge the Gap College Prep is to provide educational, social and emotional resources to underserved students in Marin City and beyond. Vision: All students achieve their greatest potential with equitable access, opportunities and choice. Because of your support and commitment, you’ve opened the door to life-changing opportunities for our students. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining us in the fight for educational equity. In community,

Lisa Raffel Executive Director

Because of your support and commitment, you’ve opened the door to life-changing opportunities for our students.


Letter from the Director


Our Students


Student Demographics


School Year Programs


BTGCP College Map


Student Spotlight


Summer Programs


BTGCP Finanicals Update


Stronger Together


New Horizons


Give the Gift of Opportunity

OUR STUDENTS BTGCP students are primarily youth of color who come from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Most attend the Sausalito/ Marin City and Tamalpais Union High School districts. Students in our programs have many factors influencing their school success and level of self-efficacy. Many also face significant barriers and trauma associated with economic hardship and community marginalization. At Bridge the Gap College Prep, we strive to create opportunity and further equity in the community we serve and help students develop the tools they need to reach their full potential.

STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS 1st-8th Grade Students: 153

K-8th Grade Summer Students: 97

9th-12th Grade Students: 72

9th-12th Grade Summer Students: 52

College Students: 34

Total Students served in 2020-21: 408


1%1% 7% 2%2% 6% 7% 6% .5% .5% .5% .5%

Black or African American

Black or African American

Hispanic or Latino or Spanish

31% 31%

Hispanic or Latino or Spanish Originof ofAny AnyRace Race Origin

White White Asian Asian

AmericanIndian Indianoror Alaskin Native American Alaskin Native

24% 24%

Eurasian Eurasian Two Two or orMore MoreRaces Races

24% 24%

Native Islander NativeHawaiian HawaiianororPacific Pacific Islander Other





SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS SCHOLARS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM In support of the Sausalito Marin City School District’s unification and efforts to change decades of segregation, we offered our after school programs on-site daily at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy’s elementary and middle school campuses. All students were eligible to participate in BTGCP free of charge. Led by our incredible teachers, volunteer tutors, and SMCSD’s PEACE program, the afterschool program focused on academic skill building, homework support, and enrichment. Students participated in cooking classes with Kids Cooking for Life, learned how to code through Google’s CodeNext, participated in rock climbing at Gravity Vault, went sailing on a Call of the Sea field trip, and experienced many other wonderful enrichment activities.



153 Students served in

both Afterschool & 1:1 Evening Program

1:1 TUTORING EVENING PROGRAM Scholars 1:1 Evening Program transitioned to in-person at the Center in Golden Gate Village, with the option to meet over Zoom, where students were paired with a volunteer tutor for weekly sessions. One of the highlights was the introduction of the new literacy program, BookNook, to help improve literacy levels of our students. BookNook aligns with state standards and provides online reading support through grade-level phonics and comprehension lessons, games, and assessments. BookNook guided volunteers on how to best support student learning.






The High School Program resumed back in-person at Tamalpais High School. Students continued to work with deans, teachers, and tutors and received individualized support with school work, skills development, and the social and emotional issues that arise during their high school experience. We also helped students in their college application process by offering college and scholarship application assistance, financial aid guidance, course selection, and counseling. Our College Success Manager connects with families to help them navigate through the college application process.

BTGCP College Success Program included freshman onboarding, scholarship opportunities, food insecurity support and mental health resources. All BTGCP students who are enrolled full-time in college are eligible for a scholarship and receive college guidance to successfully graduate and plan for a career.


High school students served through tutoring and academic support


Seniors graduated


Graduating high school seniors in 2021-22 school year


Seniors moved on to postsecondary education


Seniors completed the FAFSA (financial aid) application


High school students maintained at least a 2.5 overall GPA


Total college students served



BTGCP students graduated from college in 2022

Community college transfers to fouryear schools


• Howard University


• Cal States: Fullerton, Northridge, Sacramento, Sonoma

• Missouri Valley College

• UC Merced • University of Arizona

• College of Marin

• Southern University, Baton Rouge

• Dillard University

• Southern New Hampshire University

• University of San Francisco

• Harding University

• Tuskegee University

• University of Hawaii, Hilo • Xavier University of Louisiana


Cinsear is a senior at Tamalpais High School and has been a part of Bridge the Gap since he was in the first grade. With determination and support, he was able to retake these six courses: The Living Earth, Geometry, US History and Geography (both semesters), Lifetime Fitness, and English Language Arts. This amazing accomplishment now means that he is college eligible. It has been so inspiring to see his tremendous growth not only academically, but personally as well.

Bridge the Gap has supported me by providing resources such as financial support, financial aid guidance, tutoring, and mentoring. My goal of becoming a civil engineer, specializing in structural engineering, wouldn’t be possible without a college education and it was important for me to take this big step for my future. My internship experience this past summer was great– I learned how to review and process building and planning permits, go on site inspections, and understand the different roles in engineering.” — Aissatou

The opportunity for a second chance was one in a million and I didn’t want it to go to waste. Before recovering six classes, I never had the drive and motivation like this — to do better in school. And now that I’m college eligible, I’ve never been happier. Bridge the Gap has given me opportunities that no one else has given me, and for that I’m thankful.” —Cinsear

AISSATOU COLLEGE STUDENT Aissatou is majoring in Civil Engineering at Sacramento State University and has been a part of Bridge the Gap for five years. She participated in our inaugural internship program and interned with the County of Marin in their Department of Public Works.


HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT RECOVERY PROGRAM BTGCP collaborated with Tamalpais Union High School District for the second time to offer credit recovery to our high school students who did not receive a passing grade in academic classes during the 2021-2022 school years. BTG provided tutors, technology, curriculum planning, social-emotional support, and daily meals for students. We served students from Tamalpais High School and Marin Catholic.

SUMMER JAM WITH LITTLE SCHOLARS (K-2) For six weeks, kindergarten through second grade students participated in an hour of literacy and an hour of math prior to their afternoon enrichment, sports, and field trips. We collaborated with Play Marin, The Hannah Project, Marin City Library, Marin City CSD, and SMCSD to keep students learning, active, and safe during the summer.


Students correctly identfied vocabulary for setting, characters and plot


Total students served




Students served

104 Total courses recovered


MARIN ROWING In collaboration with Play Marin and Marin Rowing Association, students in grades 6th to 8th participated in STEM to Stern, a national rowing program, to engage youth in learning and rowing. This was a part of our efforts to make local waterways, water sports, and specifically rowing more accessible to Marin City youth.

COLLEGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Our inaugural summer internship program engaged our college students in meaningful paid internships with WR Immigration, Traction on Demand, County of Marin in their Department of Public Works, and BTG’s summer program. Participating in internships gave our students the opportunity to gain coveted work experience, establish critical networking connections, and gain exposure in their interested fields.


Total students served


Total students served

BTGCP FINANCIALS UPDATE FY 2021-2022 The following is a breakdown of the 2021-22 fiscal year budget. Due to the Omicron surge, we held our Vines & Vision 2022 Gala virtually and thanks to our loyal and new supporters, we successfully raised over $511,000. As we continue to improve our services, we will keep looking for new opportunities to ensure funding for growth and sustainability, including: planning an in-person Vines & Vision fundraiser in 2023, enhancing our Major Gift Program, increasing community communications, and further engaging our BTGCP Board, Community Council, donors, and volunteers.

2% 1% Expenses: $1,885,100 2% 1%


Corporate Government

67% 67%

Program Support

Program Administration Support Administration

Income: $1,962,400 5%

30% 30%





Development & Marketing

Development & Marketing

2% 1%









Private Foundtions Foundtions


Corporate Government Government

Program Support Administration


We believe in the power of collaboration to support Marin City youth. Our collective impact is greater than that of any single organization, and we are grateful to our partners as we all work toward empowering our students. We are honored to be a part of such a generous and tightknit community!



The last few years have caused significant learning loss and trauma for the students we work with, putting their academic progress at risk. To address this setback, BTGCP and the Sausalito Marin City School District are working together to launch a new program for the 2022-23 school year focused on literacy intervention during the school day. The program will be coordinated by our newly hired Literacy Specialist, Travis Kelly, along with Principal David Finnane and our Executive Director for critical phonics and reading instruction. Based on significant research, we have chosen to implement Wilson’s Tier 3 reading intervention curriculum, which is considered one of the best intervention programs.

With your support, we look forward to growing our

Bridge the Gap College Prep is officially the main Afterschool Program provider for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. elementary and middle school campuses. By growing our program to work with all of the students in the Sausalito Marin City School District, we are taking a stand in the fight against segregation. SMCSD’s historic unification came as a response to the desegregation lawsuit brought by the Attorney General of California. As part of our commitment to fight educational inequity we were called to be part of the community and school effort to desegregate. We knew this was a critical way to support our students since the more segregated schools are, the greater the gap between White and Black student achievement.

programs to serve

The loss of our lease in Golden Gate Village has forced us to pause our K-8 Scholars 1:1 Tutoring Evening Program during the Fall of 2022. We plan to resume the program in January of 2023 as we continue our search for a location in the Marin City Community to ensure its accessibility to our most atneed students. Our High School Program will remain at the Tamalpais High School campus with Marin City native Rondell Gibson, our new High School & College Success Director, leading the team. The College Success Program continues to thrive with 45 students in college during the 2022-23 school year.

successful in school

more students and families, ensuring that our students have the support and opportunities to thrive and be and life.

GIVE THE GIFT OF OPPORTUNITY Our mission to work towards educational equity and provide extensive support to our students entails intentionally crafted programming, partnerships, communication, data analysis, and so much more! When you give to Bridge the Gap College Prep, you are joining us in helping change the lives of youth in our community by providing the support they need to make the pathway to college and success in life a reality.


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