ALearn inspires Joseph to change the world.

ALearn students are the future workforce for Silicon Valley and beyond. The majority come from socio-economically disadvantaged and traditionally underserved racial and ethnic groups. Most of our students will be the first in their families to attend college.

Our students come to us lacking opportunity and support, often behind in math.

What's the most impressive thing about our students? The number of ALearn alumni who return to serve as Teaching Assistants in the MAP and Catalyst to High School programs!

ALearn’s target audience is 5th to 9th grade students from low-income, underserved backgrounds in partner school districts in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties) in California.

The MAP and Catalyst programs target underserved students who typically score at “Standard Nearly Met” or slightly below “Standard Nearly met” (i.e., below grade level) on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP) in math. Participants are typically enrolled in Title 1 schools, are often English Language Learners, and have parents who have completed little or no college. In 2016, ALearn served over 1,200 students in our summer programs (673 in our middle school program and 564 in our high school program).  In 2017, we anticipate providing services for 1,700 students during the summer and for demographics to be similar to that of 2016:

  • Participants were below grade-level in math and/or recommended by their teacher.
  • Our students attend school districts with high percentages of low-income families as defined by participation in the free/reduced lunch program and reported socio-economic status: Alum Rock 86% and Franklin-McKinley 80%.
  • Over 93% of ALearn students came from underserved cultural groups (Latino, Vietnamese, Filipino, and African-American).
  • Nearly all will be the first in their family to go to college.

  • I was shy in front of my high school peers, and had no confidence in my math and writing. Coming from a low-income background and being a minority – it is a lot to deal with. But through ALearn I made a lot of friends, and it has been very inspiring to me. The group was very diverse and the feeling was we’re all in this together. Being with classmates who were like me made a difference.

    ALearn class of 2008, now a graduate of Sonoma State University,