Business, government announce partnership with bold goal of 100% high school graduation rate, students ready for college and careers

 SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mayor Edwin M. Lee and school Superintendent Richard Carranza, today announced a bold initiative with the goal that every student will graduate from high school prepared for college or a skilled vocational program.UniteSF_WORD_Color[3]

The initiative, called UniteSF, was announced by Mayor Lee at the Chamber of Commerce’s CityBeat Breakfast, attended by nearly 1,000 civic and business leaders. This is the city’s first partnership between the business community, the city, higher education and the preK-12 public school system to strengthen education and develop a coordinated pathway for students to succeed in college and in careers.

“UniteSF is another great partnership that brings together the private sector and government to invest in education, invest in our youth and invest in our future,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “San Francisco’s business leaders are on the leading edge of innovation and creativity, and their commitment to our public schools is another innovative solution to ensure our students to go to college, succeed, and win the jobs of the 21st Century.”

Bob Linscheid, Chamber President and CEO, said, “UniteSF signifies the business community’s commitment to improving our schools and providing our students with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st Century workforce.”

Carranza, Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, said, “UniteSF ensures we are all swimming in the same direction. I’m truly excited by the opportunities this will create for our students.”

UniteSF brings together the Chamber of Commerce and its 1,500 partner businesses with the Mayor’s Education Leadership Council and other signatories around three common education goals:

  •  A high school graduation rate of 100%
  • Upon graduation, every student is prepared for college or a skilled vocation program, and has the access and support to achieve higher education
  • All students have pathways to sustainable jobs and careers

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Foundation will function as the convening entity of Unite SF ensuring that coordination is managed, identifying and tracking the metrics for each of the three goals, and most importantly, serving as the main point of contact for engaging the business community. Through Unite SF, partners will be able to connect to various workforce development and education opportunities.

Organizations that have signed a commitment to participate in UniteSF as this morning are: San Francisco Unified School District, City College of San Francisco, University of California San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific, San Francisco State University, Golden Gate University, City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development, San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Their Families, Year Up, Beyond 12, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Zynga, Comcast, United Way Bay Area and the San Francisco Labor Council.

More information can be found on UniteSF at https://sfchamber.com/initiatives/unite-sf/

Media Contact: Marshall Wilson, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Strategic Communications, 415.352.8839 or mwilson@sfchamber.com