The Berkeley Promise
Mayor Arreguin has also continued the partnership forming the Berkeley Promise initiative, working with BUSD, Berkeley City College and the Berkeley Community Fund to support low-income and first-generation college students. From high school into college, the Berkeley Promise provides opportunities like test prep, internships, support for financial aid and the Dream Act, one-on-one mentoring, guaranteed transfer into CSUs with a good GPA, and support for transferring to UCs.
Across the country, millions of young adults are left without the opportunities to connect to economically viable, mainstream jobs, despite massive projected shortages of qualified workers over the next decade. We know that supporting Berkeley’s students can’t stop when they complete their educations. That is why the Mayor’s office is working to increase opportunities for pathways to community college and trade schools, and bolster youth workforce development.