What is PEP?
What started as a humble lunchtime mentoring program at Balboa High School manifested into the Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) becoming a year-long Filipina/o American studies class at Balboa. Since 2001, PEP has expanded to Longfellow Elementary, James Denman Middle School, Philip & Sala Burton High School, Skyline College, and University of San Francisco.
Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) is an educational leadership pipeline and a space for the development of critical Filipina/o American curriculum and research. PEP is dually located in the academy and in the community. PEP Partners with SFSU’s Asian American Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies, Skyline College’s Kababayan Program, City College of San Francisco’s (CCSF) Philippine Studies Department & TULAY Program, the University of San Francisco’s (USF) Yuchengco Philippine Studies, the Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF) and its affiliates, and with San Francisco public schools. PEP’s teaching pipeline connects SFSU and surrounding Bay Area upper division undergraduates and graduate students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the field of education, with community college, high school, middle school, and elementary school students who are primarily from low-income backgrounds. One of the main objectives for the PEP Program is to reach out to the students who are under-performing their potential to provide them the support and opportunities necessary to achieve their goals.