The SF Promise Program was created in 2009 to strengthen the college-bound culture in San Francisco public schools. This partnership between the city and county of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District and SF State guarantees admission to SF State for any qualified graduate of the San Francisco Unified School District. The program received the Champion for College Opportunity Award in recognition of for the sense of hope that it instills in public school students, beginning in middle school.
SF ROCKS (Reaching Out to Communities and Kids with Science in San Francisco) is a project aimed at increasing the number of students of color who enter college as geosciences majors. It helps high school students learn about environmental hazards in their own neighborhoods while developing their interest in the geosciences -- among the least diverse of all disciplines. Students share their research at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, a top venue for communicating about science.
The Village Dancers, founded by Professor of Dance Albirda Rose, is a community-service learning program designed to help low-income children work through their challenges and harness their personal power through movement, singing and dance performance. Students from SF State use dance as a medium to teach discipline, leadership, inter-cultural communication, and socialization skills to children ages 8-16.
California's schoolchildren are introduced to the power of poetry thanks to Poets in the Schools, which began at SF State in 1964 as the Pegasus Project. The largest writers-in-schools program in the nation, this statewide organization reaches 29 counties, and has introduced more than a half million K-12 students to the creative writing process.