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African-American young men from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who have graduated from high school and are heading to college in the fall will be recognized June 19 at a special graduation ceremony.

The ceremony is hosted by College Bound Brotherhood 2.0, a growing network of organizations, funders, educational institutions and other stakeholders committed to supporting the college completion of young Black men from the Bay Area’s nine-county region.

Youths who participate in the June 19 graduation will be eligible to receive a $100 book stipend for college. The graduation takes place at 6 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street. To register, please visit: http://brotherhoodgradcelebration2013.eventbrite.com.

“A college degree is a staple of success in the 21st century,” said Cedric Brown, managing partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact. “This graduation ceremony is particularly significant because, through our new partnership with the College Access Foundation of California, we are helping to ensure more African-American young men in the Bay Area can gain access to, and complete, college. We are excited to celebrate the emerging talent of college-bound Black men in this unique way. These are the next entrepreneurs, professionals, leaders, and contributors to our communities.“

The Kapor Center has joined forces with the College Access Foundation of California to establish the College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 (also known as the Brotherhood), which is expanding community partnerships to advance college success for young African-American men. The Marcus Foster Education Fund serves as the intermediary responsible for guiding the vision and strategy for the Brotherhood.

“We are committed to working with the Kapor Center and other Bay Area partners to grow the scale and impact of the College Bound Brotherhood,” said Julia I. Lopez, president and CEO of the College Access Foundation of California. “Improving college achievement for all is critical to preserving California’s economic future. We must work in partnership and more strategically to ensure that low-income and traditionally underrepresented students, including young African-American men, have the knowledge, resources, and opportunity to make that achievement possible.”

Together, the two foundations are investing more than $1 million in grants and other resources to support the Brotherhood’s efforts to reach 500 African-American young men this year, connecting them to resources that will ensure access to college and degree completion. As part of that effort, the Brotherhood will provide $150,000 in scholarships to African-American males graduating high school who will enroll in college in the fall of 2013. The scholarship application process for 2013 closed on June 7, and scholarship awardees will be announced at the graduation ceremony.

College-bound young Black men from around the country can join the celebration online by posting pictures in their caps and gowns to the Brotherhood’s Tumblr blog, along with a brief caption about the college or university they are attending. Young men are encouraged to visit to share their success.

College Bound Brotherhood was first established in 2008 by the Kapor Center (formerly the Mitchell Kapor Foundation).

About the College Bound Brotherhood 2.0:

The College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 is a network supported by the Kapor Center for Social Impact, the College Access Foundation of California, and the Marcus Foster Education Fund. Through investments and partnerships, the Brotherhood seeks to increase college readiness, enrollment, persistence, and completion rates for Bay Area African-American males.

About the Kapor Center for Social Impact:

The Kapor Center for Social Impact relentlessly pursues creative strategies that will leverage technology for positive social impact. It primarily works with underrepresented communities, focusing on closing academic, political, health, and economic gaps.

About the College Access Foundation of California:

College Access Foundation of California helps California students with financial need attend and complete college. The Foundation makes grants to community organizations and programs that offer college scholarships, financial aid advising, and specialized support services to low-income students across California.

About the Marcus Foster Education Fund:

The Marcus Foster Education Fund is the first U.S. education fund supporting educational equity for all the students of Oakland.  Since its inception, the organization has partnered with the Oakland Unified School District and other nonprofit agencies to catalyze innovations in education.

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