Education

Dressing For Success in San Francisco

image of graduate on her way to UCLA

image of graduate on her way to UCLA

Kharisma Tinaza is heading to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) this fall with employment experience at Google, T.Y. Lin International, and PSAI Realty Partners on her resume.

Kharisma is light years ahead of most recent high school graduates thanks to a strong academic curriculum and unique corporate work-study experience she gained at ICA Cristo Rey Academy, a faith-based college preparatory in San Francisco that provides a path for girls from underserved communities to realize their purpose and full potential.

She is part of the 85 percent of 2020 ICA Cristo Rey Academy graduates to be the first in their families to attend college.

Professional attire is another component to the students’ success and confidence, particularly as all students work in an entry-level office job as part of their high school experience. Kharisma wore her school uniform when reporting to her job at Google, where she was part of a team that tracked sales trends and projections. As part of FivePoint’s sponsorship, uniforms were provided.

The 2020-21 school year will mark the sixth consecutive year FivePoint has supported the ICA Cristo Rey Academy. During this six-year span, more than 400 students living in San Francisco’s District 10 – which includes FivePoint’s Candlestick and Hunters Point Shipyard communities – will have received uniforms to wear to school.

The simple gesture of providing uniforms for a growing student base is having a big impact. Because some families struggled to provide both tuition and the necessary uniform for their enrolled students, the ongoing support of the uniform program makes this high-quality education more accessible to more students and families.

“Our mission of educating young women brings us together as one community with rich diversity,” said Sister Diane Aruda, O.P., President of ICA Cristo Rey Academy.

“As we enter our 137th year, we are grateful for the support and contribution FivePoint is making in young women who will lead our future.”