MISSION, VISION, PURPOSE & VALUES
The core mission of the National Leadership Society of First Generation College Students, a.k.a. FirstGen Society, is to foster the success of first generation college students and alumni by providing our members with lifelong fellowship, community, and friendship, and a sense of individual and unified purpose and pride where we can connect, empower, and grow together.
When someone is empowered, they have the ability to accomplish something, giving them the confidence needed to succeed. Empowerment is the key to future development and inspiring leadership. Through empowerment, we hope to inspire generosity, leadership, and compassion for our members to empower others and to pay it forward so that we can continue to create positive outcomes in individual lives and in our communities.
The best leaders lead from a position of their true selves in a way that is genuine and authentic. First generation college students already are remarkable leaders for being the first in their families to embark college. We encourage our members to find their voices and become authentic leaders by owning their own stories, having the courage to embrace themselves, and being understanding and compassionate of others.
Friendship & Community >>
Being part of a community where you can establish and nurture lifelong friendships is key to growth, learning, teamwork, and providing a strong support system. The benefits of friendship and community can help increase engagement, motivation, commitment, support, and collaboration. A community that works together well, bonds and performs well and helps them to know their purposes and how they can go about achieving it together.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are part of our DNA. Together we can continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, provides a sense of belonging and equal access to opportunities, as well as celebrates the diverse voices and perspectives of our members. It drives our innovation and connects us closer as humans and in the communities we serve.
Acting responsibly with regard to choices, decisions, and behaviors helps to strengthen trust and maintain our integrity.