Through a combination of direct donor support and foundation grants, EPAAF is able to augment state and local funding to surround students with the help they need to break out of the cycle of poverty and into a life of choice and opportunity.


I am so grateful to have the opportunity to attend Sonoma State University as an EPAAF scholar. Being a first-generation college student can be hard, but EPAAF makes it easier for me.
— Alejandro C., 2018 EPAA graduate

College Going Program and Advisory

The College Going Program supports students as they think about and prepare for their future. From students’ first day at EPAA, guidance counselors monitor academic progress to best assess a student’s needs. It is through the work of the College Going Team of EPAA that students are regularly coached in all of the practices that lead to a more focused high school experience. High school is but the first step in a long journey of stepping into a life of choices and opportunities.

The Advisory Program is at the heart of what makes EPAA’s approach so effective. Three times a week, EPAA students meet with trusted and caring teacher-advisors. These advisors monitor academic progress, social-emotional learning, and college readiness to help their students succeed and find the right path forward.

The College Information Specialist organizes college campus tours for students and families, in addition to connecting students to community service opportunities, internships, and summer enrichment programs that help them build meaningful skills and explore potential careers.

The Senior Seminar, available to all 12th graders, takes students step by step through college and financial aid applications, and helps them develop a concrete plan for life after high school.