From the Georgia First Generation Foundation, Project NextGen is a series that dives into what makes first-generation students the next generation of global leaders and forward thinkers. Georgia First interviews current first-generation college students, graduates, and successful leaders from different areas of work to learn about their upbringings, their mindset, and how they came to become successful first-generation advocates.
Chris Parra is a first-generation sophomore studying Civil Engineering with a Construction Management minor at Kennesaw State University. Along with his studies, he interns at Tensar International Corporation, a civil engineering construction material manufacturer. In this episode, we talk about how he manages to overcome obstacles that come with being a first-generation student, the work he does, and what his plans are for becoming a professional engineer.
Manuel Reyes is the STEM Robotics Club Facilitator for Edu-Futuro since September 2019 as a member of the Moving Forward! AmeriCorps program. He graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Biology from Stetson University in 2018, after which he served as an urban educator through AmeriCorps in Newark, New Jersey. As a first-generation student in the Northern Virginia area, and as a son of Salvadoran immigrants, the opportunity to be actively involved with Edu-Futuro’s mission and its beneficiaries resonated highly with his background. We will be talking about how he is inspiring, educating, and motivating the next generation of Latino and immigrant youth to pursue their interests in STEM in his current role.
For more information about Edu-Futuro, visit http://edu-futuro.org/.
Justin Acosta, a second-year Computer Science student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, talks about how he came to Georgia State and about his passion in identifying ways in which computer science and technology intersect with community advocacy that serves underrepresented and marginalized communities, like the Hispanic and Latino community in the state of Georgia.
Allison Smith is a first-generation student from Southeast Georgia and our current Chief Marketing Officer at Georgia First. This episode looks at her journey to medical school and how her experiences from a small town to a large SEC university and her volunteer work, including her work with Georgia First, have shaped her to the advocate she is today.