Founded in Marin in 1981, 10,000 Degrees has expanded to seven additional Bay Area counties serving more than 12,000+ high school and college students each year. Launched in Lake County in Fall 2022 at Lower Lake High School as part of Hope Rising’s “Smart Start/Bright Future” Initiative, 10,000 Degrees began delivering on-campus support for seniors from low-income backgrounds. Our local impact includes near-peer mentoring, financial aid advising, scholarships, and college matriculation support.
High School Students Served Annually
Scholarships in FY23
Lower Lake High School
The Opportunity in Lake County
Meaningful change. Lasting impact.
Lake County offers breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural history. However, this remote, resilient community has struggled for years with the impact of devastating wildfires and limited economic opportunities. The college dream remains out of reach for many Lake County high school students, as the troubling statistics at right demonstrate.
What we do: We work directly with Lake County students from low-income backgrounds to:
- Foster a college-going culture
- Introduce 2- and 4-year college pathway options
- Assist students with college applications and enrollment
- Help students apply for and manage free financial aid (FAFSA & CA Dream Act)
- Provide scholarships and near-peer mentoring to successfully navigate the entire college 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.
Your gift to 10,000 Degrees will allow us to help more Lake County 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 Leadership Team
Chief Strategy Officer