KIPP Through College (KTC) is a part of the broader KIPP approach that helps to eliminate the opportunity gap between students from high- and low-income communities. Through high school transition support, one-on-one college counseling, alumni advising for KIPPsters in college, and career readiness services, KIPP students go on to matriculate and graduate from high school and college, ready to begin their careers.  Ultimately, the vision of the KIPP Through College program is that all students have the access, skills and resources necessary to navigate to and through college into self-sufficient adulthood.

1,741 KIPP Students Served

Over 1,700 KIPP alumni receive college advising and career support.

85% College Matriculation

85% of the students who were with KIPP in 8th Grade graduated and went on to college.

95% High School Graduation Rate

95% of KIPP students graduate from high school.

60+ College Partnerships

KIPP has partnered with more than 60 colleges and universities across the country to ensure student success.

Director:  Evita Anaya Bryden –

Associate Director of College and Career Success: Samantha Epstein –

Associate Director of College Counseling: Shannon Harrison –

Associate Director of Data and Communication: Casey Robertson Howe –

College Persistence Manager: Kevin Brown

College Match and Financial Literacy Manager: Gabriela Urena

12th Grade College Counseling Chair – KIPP King Collegiate: Mayra Martin –

11th Grade College Seminar Teacher – KIPP King Collegiate: Connie Shieh –

12th Grade College Counselor – KIPP King Collegiate: Brianna Robinson –

Director of College Counseling – KIPP San Francisco College Prep: Lisa Lopez

11th Grade College Seminar Teacher – KIPP San Francisco College Prep:  Emmanuel Padilla

12th Grade College Counselor – KIPP San Francisco College Prep:  Natalie Hernandez Arellano

12th Grade College Counseling Chair – KIPP San Jose Collegiate: Alma Carrillo

11th Grade College Seminar Teacher – KIPP San Jose Collegiate: Dalia Cuenca

12th Grade College Counselor – KIPP San Jose Collegiate: Isis Diaz

Benjamin Perez –

Emily Roskey –

Rosa Colin –

Alissa Gordon –

Ashley Terry –

Itzel Valdelomar –

Jamia Morton –

Jessica Troiano –

Kailee Glover –

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Career Readiness

KIPP Through College provides major exploration and career readiness support through our 1:1 advising model, College & Career Connections programming at KIPP high schools, annual Career Summit event for college-age alumni and a robust Alumni Internship Program (AIP) over the summer. 

Our career readiness programming provides exposure to the variety of careers available and develops the necessary knowledge, skills, mindsets and behaviors to be successful in professional environments.

Our Alumni Internship Program is a competitive summer experience that allows KIPP high school and college students to gain early “real-world” career exposure to help increase alumni interest and excitement around college persistence and their own career trajectory. 

Can your company or organization host a KIPP high school or college intern?

Currently, 96% of KIPP Bay Area alumni who participated in our Alumni Internship Program are persisting in college, have identified majors that align with their career interests and have increased their professional and social capital. Our partners have a unique opportunity to develop young talent and support our community by hosting a KIPP high school or college summer intern.

KIPP Through College is looking for host organizations who can:

  1. a) Provide students with a meaningful opportunity at least two weeks or 50 hours in length during the summer months. Paid internships are preferred (approx. $13-15/hr), but unpaid opportunities are also available.
  2. b) Assign a supervisor who will provide regular, constructive feedback to interns, complete formal evaluations and liaise with KIPP.

To learn more about our Alumni Internship Program, contact Corporate Engagement Manager Chelsea Snow.

Financial Literacy

At KIPP, we know that understanding the cost of college and having access to saving accounts are crucial to earning a college degree. KIPP Bay Area Schools’ College Savings Program (CSP) helps make saving for higher education a top priority.

KIPP’s College Savings Program is comprised of three parts: student financial literacy lessons, parent financial empowerment workshops and enrollment into 529 savings accounts for KIPP Bay Area Schools students and alumni. Through our partnership with Utah’s Educational Savings Plan, KIPPsters are eligible to enroll in 529 plans to make saving for college easy, convenient and affordable.


Step-by-step guides on enrolling in the 529 savings account program are available in English and Spanish.

For more information on 529 plans and KIPP’s College Savings Program, read our program overview (available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Vietnamese), or contact Gabriela Urena, KTC College Match & Financial Literacy Manager, via email (


College Partnerships

The KTC team develops targeted partnerships with colleges and universities with large concentrations of KIPP alumni. The goal is to leverage recruiting and retention initiatives to ensure KIPPsters enroll, persist, and graduate. Current local college partners include: California Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo, Notre Dame de Namur University, Saint Mary’s College of California, San Francisco State University, San José State University, Sonoma State University, University of San Francisco, and the University of California at Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz and Merced.