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Empowering first-generation, low-income (FGLI)
students and professionals nationwide

Curated resources to enable your success

  • Rise First is hiring a paid Social Media & Outreach intern!
  • We highly encourage all applicants to apply. Prior experience is not required.
  • This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with the Co-Executive Directors of Rise First, while gaining invaluable mentorship and insights into the nonprofit sector.

  • Closed as of April 5, 2024.
  • Be an incoming or current college student.
  • Identify with the first-generation, low-income experience.

Thank you for your interest!
Applications have now closed, and we will be interviewing and selecting candidates within the coming weeks.

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About 4.2MM students in the U.S. may be considered first-generation, low-income college students. (Source)

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Only 9% of them will earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared to 77% from high-income families. (Source)

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The achievement gap often stems from lacking professional and social capital in their academic and professional journeys.

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We need to work together as a community to close the achievement gap and support our future leaders.

At Rise First, we are a committed team of first-generation students and professionals working with our founder, Cindy Rentala, to develop a comprehensive online platform that empowers first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students and professionals. We aim to consolidate nationwide programs and resources that meet the needs of FGLI students. We hope that our curated resource center can serve as the first place students look when they need help and support to succeed in higher education and beyond.

Our goal is not only to democratize information but also to improve access for all FGLI students nationwide. Using web/mobile technologies, we plan to build a robust online community with a focus on first-generation news, events, blogs, forums, and more importantly career-related topics including job search, networking and mentorship.

We invite you to join us in this movement. Together, we will ensure that every FGLI student is able to achieve their fullest potential.

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