We know that life beyond Eastside is filled with enormous opportunities, but also sometimes fraught with new challenges. We match each graduating senior with a college coach and a career coach, who provide support and guidance in the years to come so that our alumni can continue on their paths to success.
Our college coaches provide academic support and advising, assistance with financial aid issues, and personal counseling and mentoring.
Our career coaches work to prepare alumni for the professional world by helping them develop strong resumes, cover letters, and job search and interview skills. They also collaborate with hiring managers and recruiters to match alumni with paid summer internships in their fields of interest. The Eastside internship program helps our graduates expand their professional networks, connect with mentors, gain valuable skills and experience, and “try out” different career paths while still in college.
Our graduates’ success
While our alumni program is still a work in progress as we learn more each year about how we can best support our students beyond Eastside, we are tracking two metrics as a measure of our program’s success: our college completion rate and “first destination” rate. We are very proud to say that compared to national averages for first-generation students, our alumni are six times more likely to graduate from college. Eastside alumni are also more than twice as likely to have a positive first destination – that is, to secure a professional job or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduating from college.
To learn more about how we evaluate our program’s success, please read our Mission and Impact page.
Today, over 800 Eastside alumni are attending colleges around the country or have embarked on their careers. Their stories motivate us to continue expanding opportunities for students whose successes are creating a ripple effect in this community and nationwide.
For more information about our alumni program, contact:
Director of Alumni Services
phone: (650) 688-0850 x151