Urban Hope Project

Principal Investigator: Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D.

The Urban Hope Project is a direct service educational program serving high school youth in East Oakland (CA) serving thirty working-class African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Cambodian youth, who participate in the program during their ninth through twelfth grade years.  The program takes place in a de-tracked classroom, in which many of the students are considered to be at the “highest risk” of not graduating high school when they begin the program.   The program provides social and academic support, college preparatory coursework in literacy and research, college advising, and exam preparation. The project is focused on deepening our understanding about the teaching conditions necessary for raising levels of hope and improving educational outcomes for urban high school students.

San Francisco State University (SFSU) acts as a partnering institution for the program, allowing students to participate in dual-enrollment during their 11th and 12th grade years, so that they receive transferrable university credit during their last two years in the program through the Step to College program.