A community supporting, mentoring and empowering college students from disadvantaged backgrounds
Professionals paying it forward
Our proposal is to build, nurture and sustain a community of professionals to support, mentor and empower college students from disadvantaged backgrounds (students from lower-income communities who may be the first generation in their families to attend college).
What we do:
Connect low-income first-generation (LIFG) college students with professional mentors
Provide programming to prepare students to enter professional career paths
Collaborate with the wider business community to create innovative solutions to increase college success rates and build a socioeconomically diverse talent pipeline
Build campus chapters for LIFG students to develop strong social support networks, organize events and programming that address their needs and challenges, and cultivate leadership and change management skills. First campus chapters at University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University.
Neutralize the stigma associated with being low-income or first-generation and guide LIFG students to cultivate the strengths they bring to the table such as grit, work ethic, resourcefulness, resilience, empathy, and altruism