KPIX-TV- While volunteering at a community center in her Bayview neighborhood, Diane Gray noticed many African-American students were struggling with school – leading to limited post- secondary opportunities. Diane sprang into action, founding “100% College Prep” to motivate students to always give their all.

She recruited college students to serve as academic coaches, arranged monthly academic workshops, and engaged community volunteers. The program quickly grew into its own space and added computers, a library, classrooms and a kitchen with a cook to feed students while they focused on their studies. In addition, the program arranged college visits so students could see the potential for their own success.

To date, more than 120 students have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees and hundreds more are taking part in the program, striving for college success.