91% of Fulfillment Fund students in the class of 2011 graduated high school — the highest rate in the Fund’s 34-year history. This fall, 93% of these graduates will attend college, many becoming the first in their family to do so.
Graduate from high school.
Become productive members of our community.
These are the goals of the Fulfillment Fund. They may seem modest until you consider this fact:
• The average high school graduation rate in Los Angeles is 55%. In some L.A. high schools, fewer than 40% of students go on to graduate.
In these difficult times for public education, the classroom instruction, mentoring, college counseling, scholarships and experiential learning opportunities the Fulfillment Fund provides are critical supports to students from low-income communities in Los Angeles as they pursue a life-changing college education.
"The Fulfillment Fund was there for me since the 9th grade,” says Lorenzo Perez, who graduated from Gertz-Ressler High School in June. “I was a shy kid. I knew what college was, but I didn’t know how to get there. I was lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do."
Today, Perez, no longer a “shy kid,” is headed to Santa Monica College, aiming for a career in engineering. “I’m doing things I never even thought possible. The fact that I am going to college is the happiest feeling in my life.”
Once Fulfillment Fund students graduate, they, in turn, influence siblings, peers and other members of the community by becoming role models, volunteers and mentors themselves.
“You have no idea how much you’ve changed my life -- all of our lives,” said Nelson Gil, who graduated from Claremont McKenna College in June. “I hope to one day return the favor.”