Contra Costa County

Founded in 1981, 10,000 Degrees has expanded to eight Bay Area counties serving more than 16,000+ high school and college students each year. 10,000 Degrees launched its innovative college success program model in West Contra Costa in 2017. Today, we support more than 1,200 high school and 200 college students annually. Our local impact includes near-peer mentoring, financial aid advising, scholarships, and college matriculation support at two high schools, as well as community college students at Contra Costa College, Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College.

Established in


High School Students Served Annually

College & Financial Aid Workshops
High School Students Reached

Scholarships in FY23

Awarded to
$ 500
College Students

Partner Schools

High Schools

Sylvester Greenwood Academy
John F. Kennedy High


Contra Costa College

The Opportunity in Contra Costa County

Meaningful change. Lasting impact.

Located in the East Bay and home to the Diablo mountain range, Contra Costa County is the ninth most populated California county with over 1.1 million residents. However, less than half of Contra Costa high school students are meeting the A-G curriculum requirements to enroll in college and there is a high percentage of socioeconomically disadvantaged students who are in need of our support. The pandemic and struggling economy have exacerbated educational and economic inequities, especially for our students from low-income backgrounds and BIPOC communities, as the troubling statistics at right demonstrate.

10,000 Degrees works to change that. We are committed to increasing student applications for free financial aid at our partner schools, and helping more socioeconomically disadvantaged students in Contra Costa County get into college, persist in college—and graduate with their degree. That’s our promise.

How we do it: We work directly with Contra Costa County students from low-income backgrounds to:

  • Foster a college-going culture
  • Introduce 2- and 4-year college pathway options
  • Help students apply for and enroll in college
  • Help students apply for and manage free financial aid (FAFSA & CA Dream Act). Just last year, with our support, FAFSA completion rates increased at Sylvester Greenwood Academy by 53% and at John F. Kennedy High School by 27% compared to the year before.
  • Provide scholarships and near-peer mentoring to help our students navigate the entire college success journey
  • Offer community college transfer support
  • and more!

Our support extends to, through, and beyond college: We offer paid internships and career development opportunities through our local business partners.

of Contra Costa County high school students are socioeconomically disadvantaged
0 %
of Contra Costa County high school seniors graduate without meeting the academic requirements to attend a four-year college
0 %
of Contra Costa County high school students did not submit applications for free financial aid
0 %

Your gift to 10,000 Degrees will allow us to help more Contra Costa students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college and career dreams.

What our partners, students, alumni, and staff have to say about 10,000 Degrees

Regional Stories

Student Stories

Contra Costa County, Student Interview

Regional Leadership Team

Christopher Gonzales - Chief Strategy Officer in 10,000 Degrees

Christopher Gonzales

Chief Strategy Officer

Hugo Que

Director of College Access, Marin & Contra Costa

Anton Lyons

Regional Development Director Contra Costa

Contra Costa Advisory Board

Will Hayes, Co-Chair
Melody Howe Weintraub, Co-Chair
Karandeep “Deep” Bains
Amritpal “Amrit” Bath
Mark Bustillos
Wynne Grossman
Andrew Hayes
Susan Lindheim
Jessica Mena Flores
Karen Platt
Lynne Royer

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