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10,000 Degrees Awarded NBA Foundation Grant To Help Create Education Opportunities For Bay Area Black Youth

10,000 Degrees Among 12 Organizations Awarded NBA Foundation Grants Totaling $4.8 Million

NBA Foundation Grants Designed to Help Create Employment Opportunities, Further Career Advancement, and Drive Greater Economic Empowerment For Black youth

San Rafael, Calif. (December 02, 2022)10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to empowering students to enter and graduate college in eight Bay Area counties and Utah, is pleased to announce that it has been named a recipient of an NBA Foundation grant. The NBA Foundation awarded grants, totaling $4.8 million, to 10,000 Degrees and eleven other local and national organizations to help create employment opportunities, further career advancement, and drive greater economic empowerment for Black youth.

The NBA Foundation grant will help support 10,000 Degrees’ programs and services created to increase access to higher education for Black students. 10,000 Degrees will use the funding to build out personalized support for college and career success for Black students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Utah with the aim of increasing the number of Black students in college in the regions it serves. The organization also hopes to create a pipeline of career exposure opportunities for Black students on their path to degree attainment.

Each year, 10,000 Degrees serves more than 12,000 students and families from low-income backgrounds with comprehensive wraparound support, including college counseling, near-peer alumni coaching, scholarships, and financial aid management.

“10,000 Degrees is thrilled to partner with the NBA Foundation. Through our college and career success programs, we are working diligently to ameliorate systemic racial inequities and grow the next generation of leaders,” said Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees president and CEO. “We are so grateful for this NBA Foundation funding, which will allow us to deepen Black student engagement and increase their opportunities for education, career, and economic advancement.”

To learn more about 10,000 Degrees’ new partnership with the NBA Foundation, please click here.

The NBA Foundation, created in August 2020, is a charitable foundation focused on driving economic opportunity and empowerment in the Black community. Funded by all 30 National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, the NBA Foundation helps enhance the impactful work of national and local organizations in alignment with the NBA Foundation’s mission to provide skills training, mentorship, coaching and pipeline development for high school, college-aged, job-ready, and mid-career individuals.

“We want to strengthen the organizations that we’re partnering with, and we want to accelerate outcomes for young people around employment and jobs – particularly for Black youth,” said Greg Taylor, NBA Foundation executive director.

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About 10,000 Degrees®
10,000 Degrees® is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California that supports students from low-income backgrounds to and through college. 10,000 Degrees serves more than 12,000 students and their families each year with comprehensive wraparound support, college and financial aid counseling, near-peer alumni coaching, scholarships, and financial aid management. Unlike most other college success organizations, there is no GPA requirement to participate in 10,000 Degrees’ programs. Powered by Fellows, near-peer coaches who are recent college graduates and often alums of 10,000 Degrees, they are embedded in high school and college campuses to help students navigate life both on and off-campus and throughout their college success journey. With this innovative support model, 10,000 Degrees achieves unmatched success rates: Over 80% of 10,000 Degrees four-year college students earn bachelor’s degrees, and 10,000 Degrees community college students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at a rate that’s three times the national average. 10,000 Degrees’ students also graduate with 88% less student loan debt than the national average. 10,000 Degrees operates in eight Bay Area counties – San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Lake – and works in 41 high schools, 56 community colleges, and 170 four-year colleges and universities cross the nation. For more information about 10,000 Degrees, please visit”

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Alaina Baum
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