First Generation College Students (E3)


“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”

College is an experience characterized by change and challenges. A wraparound support system can make a difference in whether a college student excels. The First-Generation College Student E3 Program helps ensure success for students who are the first in their families to attend college through a combination of academic support, mentorship, and personalized workshops; our program aims to foster a sense of belonging to empower, elevate, and educate students to achieve their educational goals. First-generation college students are individuals whose parents do not hold a four-year college degree.

E3 Is a leadership developmental program designed to empower, elevate, and educate First-Generation College Students to ensure they have the support necessary to excel academically and graduate college with a degree. The program addresses students’ challenges while fostering a growth mindset by offering various opportunities that extend from community resources, academic support, and professional development workshops to social activities for student success in higher education and beyond.


  1. Increase first-generation student retention and graduation rates.
  2. Improve the academic performance and confidence of first-generation students.
  3. Decrease financial barriers and increase access to scholarships and financial aid.
  4. Foster a sense of belonging and community through community service projects and internship opportunities.
  5. Prepare students for successful post-graduation careers and beyond.

Program Modules:

  1. Mentorship: Students will be matched with experienced mentors and/or peers who have walked the same path and are dedicated to helping them navigate college life.
  2. Academic Support: Students will receive tutoring, study group opportunities, and workshops to increase their academic performance and retention rates.
  3. Financial Literacy Training: We provide information and resources to help you navigate the financial aspects, including scholarships, grants, and budgeting tips for college and beyond.
  4. Professional Development: Students will receive career guidance, internships, and networking opportunities to prepare them for life after graduation.
  5. Community Service Projects: Students will be immersed in advanced leadership activities incorporating growth mindset principles to develop essential life skills, such as teamwork, communication, leadership, and problem-solving.
  6. Peer Support Networks: Connect students with other first-generation students through support groups, workshops, and social events. Peer mentors are available to offer guidance and encouragement.