My Brother and Sister’s Keeper: African American Postsecondary Pathways Program

UniteSF serves as a member of the collaborative

In response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper challenge to cities to develop a “cradle-to-career” strategy for young people of color, the African American Postsecondary Pathway brings together city, education, business, and non-profit leadership to take collective responsibility for improving the life outcomes of African American students in San Francisco. 

While San Francisco’s economy has prospered in recent years, the growth has not benefited all communities equally. As the cost of living soars, San Francisco’s African American population has dramatically declined. And despite the proliferation of well-paying tech sector jobs, African Americans make up 2% of San Francisco’s tech workforce. Simply put, many young African Americans are not earning a livable wage in San Francisco and thus cannot afford to live in the city they call home.

The African American Postsecondary Pathway is committed to changing this. The collaboration features a broad-based partnership team, led by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), that is developing new services and strategies to prepare African American students in public schools to successfully enter the workforce and be a part of the City’s prosperity.

Their cradle-to-career plan will provide targeted and coordinated support throughout each student’s educational journey, culminating in meaningful career opportunities. In its first year, partners have focused on the 234 African American students in the SFUSD Class of 2015, to ensure each student receives individualized academic support and advising, and benefits from workforce exposure and mentorship. Recognizing that education doesn’t end with a high school diploma, the African American Postsecondary Pathway will continue to work with alumni students and monitor their progress through the age of 25, consistent with Arnold Chandler’s Life Course Framework.

The African American Postsecondary Pathway Project is led by Landon Dickey, Special Assistant for African American Achievement & Leadership at SFUSD. The collaborative is made up of City and County departments, business, and philanthropic and community based organizations, including:

  • The San Francisco Unified School District
  • The San Francisco Mayor’s Office
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • Beyond 12
  • LinkedIn
  • United Way of the Bay Area
  • 100% College Prep
  • Alive & Free/Omega Boys Club
  • Bayview YMCA
  • College Track
  • Maisin Scholar Award
  • Mo’MAGIC
  • PACT
  • San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators
  • SEO Scholars
  • SF Achievers
  • Young Community Developers
  • City College of San Francisco
  • San Francisco State University

Learn about the national initiative here: