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A resource hub designed by
first-gen students for
first-gen students.

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I am...

in high school
college bound
seeking employment

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...those who have a parent with a bachelor’s degree or more education have substantially higher incomes and more wealth than those who are the first generation in their family to graduate from college.

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Source: Pew Research Center

Mission Statement

As first-generation students, we have experienced challenges on the road to college: language barriers, financial issues, and internal struggles. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these issues were exacerbated, including restricted access to counseling services. Other services were limited, such as in-person college centers, internships and programs. Expanding college and career preparation to a digital environment increases accessibility to these necessary connections. Our website provides easy-to-find resources for first-gen students seeking to gain academic and professional experience.

We provide a space to access information, breaking boundaries so we can all
rise to the stars.

High School

SAT/ACT
Dual Enrollment
College Search
Counseling Services
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Postsecondary Options

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College

An educational institution or establishment, in particular one providing higher education or specialized professional training.

Learn about college
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Gap Year

A period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between secondary school and higher education.

Learn about gap years
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Trade

Trades, or work courses, offer a direct path to specific jobs. Students who struggle in school may prefer this type of work.

Learn about trades

Career Development

Branding

Build your resume
Interviewing

Land an interview
Networking

Expand your network
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