A college degree positively changes the trajectory of students, their families, and their communities.

Making Waves Academy Impact

Making Waves Academy is a public charter school in Richmond, California, serving predominately students from socioeconomically disadvantaged households. Making Waves Foundation supports Making Waves Academy as their real estate provider and with financial, intellectual, and material resources.


students educated


alumni currently
enrolled in college


college graduates
and growing

“If I went to any other school I wouldn’t feel that community aspect as much. I wouldn’t be able to have a heart-to-heart conversation with a teacher.”

Amari-Lynn, Making Waves Academy, 17th Wave Student

College Success Impact

Making Waves Foundation operates a college success program, known as CAP, that supports predominately first-generation college students with coaching, scholarships, and financial literacy training.

“Making Waves and the investment of its leadership and staff formed the foundation upon which every subsequent achievement I have and will experience in my life is supported.”

Hossain, UCLA graduate

“Making Waves gave me the educational and community support to re-imagine what I envisioned could be possible for my life.”

Betty, USC graduate


students currently enrolled in college


college graduates
supported by
our network


Reducing the cost
burden for more than
1,000 students
and alumni

Graphic with image of woman next to text: Wave-Makers Recycling Their Success, Stories of our Wave-Makers pursuing their dreams and persisting through challenges to find success!

What’s so special about our college coaching model?

Hear May Melehan, director of college coaching, and Wave-Maker Lupita talk about our unique college coaching model, focused on supporting students in reaching their potential.

What’s it like to be a first-generation graduate?

Hear from Christian, a Wave-Maker who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University after being a part of the first class to graduate from Making Waves Academy.

What does the coaching relationship look like?

Hear from Wave-Maker Jamaya and College Coaching Services Manager Dr. Kristina Wright about Jamaya’s journey to college and finding success.