The Junior League of San Francisco

SMART College Access Program (CAP)

Mission Statement

SMART provides highly-motivated, financially-disadvantaged students with access to educational opportunities, personal experiences and social support services in order to foster academic excellence and community engagement.

Only 8% of low-income students earn a college degree. SMART closes the achievement gap by providing highly-motivated, financially-disadvantaged students with access to private schools and with intensive social, emotional and academic support from grades 5 to 12. Ninety-three percent of SMART students attend college, forever altering the trajectory of their lives, and the lives of their families and communities.

Partnership with SMART


SMART Scholars attend the SMART College Tour
as part of the College Access Program.

The Junior League of San Francisco (JLSF) partners with SMART through its College Access Program (CAP). CAP provides high school students with intensive support to help them successfully enroll in competitive colleges and universities, and to achieve success during high school, college and beyond. JLSF members joined forces with the head of CAP to develop a mentoring program in which JLSF volunteers are paired one-on-one with junior or senior students. In close collaboration with the CAP program staff, JLSF mentors provide guidance and assistance with activities tailored to individual student needs, including helping students 

  • Select "best fit" colleges
  • Craft application essays
  • Apply to scholarships
  • Identify and win summer internships
  • Explore future careers