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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/georgiafirstgen/support

Project NextGen GA First Generation Foundation

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/georgiafirstgen/support

    Valyn Turner

    Valyn Turner

    Valyn Lyric Turner is a spoken word artist, actor, and singer-songwriter from Buford, Georgia. She is a 2019 graduate of Lanier High School and currently attends Boston University as a Posse scholar. In 2018, Valyn's passion for poetry took her to the national stage as representative for the state of Georgia in Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the NEA. She is now proud to have collaborated with numerous schools, businesses, and nonprofits across the country, including in her home county of Gwinnett, sharing her love of language in hopes of inspiring, empowering, and serving others through her craft. She is also the recipient of Georgia First's 2019 Dr. Bobby Gueh Leadership Award, recognizing community members for their outstanding achievements and ongoing contributions to first-generation students and the community.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chris Parra: One Year Later

    Chris Parra: One Year Later

    It has been one year since we interviewed Chris Parra, now a rising senior and Civil Engineering Student at Kennesaw State University. It has also been one year since the world responded to the Coronavirus pandemic with a shift in how we handle our routine. This special episode will look at how much has changed in one year for Chris, and how his aspirations have only gotten stronger since then.


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    • 43 min
    Gerardo Perez

    Gerardo Perez

    Gerardo Perez is the son of two Mexican immigrants from Cuamio, Michoacan, Mexico. He is a first-generation college graduate and the first one to venture into the corporate world. Gerardo grew up in Dalton, Georgia and upon finishing high school attended Georgia State University, where he graduated with degrees in Finance and Real Estate. He is now an investment banking analyst in the leveraged finance group at Bank of America, based out of New York.


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    • 39 min
    Octavio Aguado

    Octavio Aguado

    Octavio Jesus Aguado is an alumnus of the University of North Georgia where he studied Biology. He currently works at Valdosta State University as a Residence Hall Director. He is in a master’s program of Higher Education Leadership. He also volunteers as a graduation coach for high school students with the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education. He hopes to work with the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia because he wants to instil changes within undocumented student policies. 


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    • 40 min
    Jonathan Vázquez García

    Jonathan Vázquez García

    Jonathan Vázquez García is a Mexican, First Generation, DACA, and 4th-year student at Georgia State University. Jonathan majors in Public Health with a concentration in Pre-Med. He is very passionate about medicine and public health and how it can help the Latinx community in many ways. Jonathan aspires to become a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and help the Latinx community by creating access to medical resources and services that impede undocumented and end medical disparities found in his community. He hopes to obtain my MPH from John Hopkins and later get his MD from NYU.


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    • 49 min
    Kelly Nguyen

    Kelly Nguyen

    Kelly Nguyen is the proud daughter of two first-generation Vietnamese-Americans. As the first college graduate in my family, she considers myself both an Atlanta and Charlotte native. Kelly is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at Emory Law, class of 2023. When she is not studying, she spends her time weightlifting and planning my next travel trip!


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    • 48 min

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