WHAT WE DO – WE ENGAGE
How We Engage
CIRCLE THE SCHOOLS
Circle the Schools is an initiative started by sf.citi, in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Education Fund that engages local companies to adopt San Francisco public schools. These partnerships help ensure all students have the skills and resources they need to live, work, and thrive in San Francisco. Employees participate in volunteer activities designed to advance student skills in literacy at the elementary school level, STEAM in middle schools, and college and career readiness in high schools. Our goal is to “circle” all 110 public schools and use this initiative to support the School District’s Vision 2025.
BY THE NUMBERS
Our Current Circle the Schools Partners
Circle the Schools 2014 – 2015 IMPACT REPORT
About Circle the Schools:
Circle the Schools, a partnership between sf.citi, the San Francisco Education Fund, and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), empowers the corporate community as stewards of San Francisco Public Schools. Circle the Schools is part of our collective effort to transform public education, ensuring all students have the skills, experience and resources they need to thrive in San Francisco and beyond. Using an adopt-a-school model, corporations are partnered with a San Francisco public school and collaborate on 3-5 projects throughout the school year. We had a very successful inaugural year, having circled 26 schools and for the upcoming year we have committed partners who will get us halfway to our goal of circling all 117 schools.
This year, 26 schools were circled by a corporate partner!
8 Elementary Schools, 2 K-8 Schools, 6 Middle Schools, 10 High Schools
Project highlights include:
Research shows that students who read proficiently by the end of third grade are nearly four times more likely to graduate from high school. That’s why many of our partnerships focused on supporting literacy in the classroom. Through book drives, read-alouds and literacy nights, companies equipped students with the materials and motivation they need to advance their literacy skills.
Focusing on STEM learning, several of our partners participated in Hour of Code. Volunteers visited more than 70 classrooms, helping 1,200 students learn the fundamentals of coding through interactive games that break down the barriers to computer science. This was part of a collective effort to introduce students to tech jobs in our community and help students see coding as a potential career opportunity.
Utilizing their expertise as members of the workforce, several of our partners stepped up to support career exploration both inside and outside of the classroom. Volunteers participated in mock-interviews, career panels, and office visits, providing students a glimpse of life beyond high school and tips on how to best take advantage of the opportunities that await them.
Future Graduates program is a partnership with the San Francisco Police Foundation and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi) created to enhance youth access to 21st-century work experience, by placing local high school students in paid summer internships at innovative, San Francisco based technology companies during the summer. In its fourth year, forty-one San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students ages 14 – 18 and representing all sixteen San Francisco public high schools were placed in paid summer internships at fifteen San Francisco based sf.citi member tech companies. A component of Mayor Lee’s Summer Jobs+ Initiative, the program prepares students for future success, encourages them to graduate from high school and pursue fulfilling careers.