27 episodes

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://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/georgiafirstgen/support

Project NextGen GA First Generation Foundation

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    • 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://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/georgiafirstgen/support

    The End of the Beginning feat. Ana & Leri

    The End of the Beginning feat. Ana & Leri

    In honor of the end of Season 5, Ana and Leri embark on a journey of reflection, celebration, and anticipation as we bid farewell to this season. Ana and Leri share personal reflections on the key takeaways, the most memorable conversations, and the impact of these discussions on their own journey. But the season finale isn't just about looking back; it's about looking forward. So, join us for this momentous season finale as we celebrate the past, embrace the present, and set our sights on a future filled with endless possibilities. Whether you're a longtime listener or just tuning in, this episode is a must-listen for anyone who believes in the power of vision and the journey toward a brighter tomorrow.


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    • 43 min
    Celebrating the Wins feat. Ana & Leri

    Celebrating the Wins feat. Ana & Leri

    In this episode of Project NextGen, co-hosts Anna and Leri delve into the significance of celebrating wins as first-generation individuals. They tackle the challenges first-gen students face in acknowledging and appreciating their accomplishments. Sharing their personal experiences, they reflect on the prestigious Dr. Bobby Leadership Award and the Presidential Volunteer Award they received, their initial reactions, and the underlying reasons why celebrating can be a complex endeavor. Join them on this insightful journey as they explore the complexities of celebrating wins as first-gen individuals and offer valuable perspectives.




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    • 54 min
    Always Be Launching feat. Tim Sok

    Always Be Launching feat. Tim Sok

    Executive Director Charbel returns to Project NextGen with a special interview into the world of visionary advertising with Tim Sok. This episode reveals Tim's journey as a first-generation entrepreneur and his unique approach to transforming bold ideas into highly profitable advertisements. Discover how Tim's innovative mindset, artistic intuition, and problem-solving skills have propelled him to advocate for first-generation individuals in the advertising industry successfully. Gain insights into his commitment to making a difference for clients and humanity. Don't miss this inspiring conversation that highlights the next generation of global leaders and forward thinkers as we learn from Tim Sok's experiences and expertise.


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    • 57 min
    Ancestors' Wildest Dreams feat. Nury Lizeth Castro

    Ancestors' Wildest Dreams feat. Nury Lizeth Castro

    In this episode of Project NextGen, our hosts, Leri and Ana, sit down with Nury Lizeth Castro, Director of Diversity Education and Training at Agnes Scott College and a full-time doctoral student at the University of Dayton. Nury shares her story as a first-generation American and college graduate, growing up in Los Angeles, California, and Durham, North Carolina. She discusses her upbringing, the values instilled in her by her immigrant parents, and the guiding principle that drives her work as an educator: "Ubuntu: I am because you are; you are; therefore, I am." Nury talks about her experience as a university and college administrator and her current role in creating equitable and accessible education for people of minoritized identities and backgrounds. Tune in to hear about Nury's unique perspective as a first-generation advocate and how her passion for community building and social equity drives her work.


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    • 59 min
    Duets for One feat. Ana Villegas and Leri Argueta

    Duets for One feat. Ana Villegas and Leri Argueta

    Staring our fifth season of Project NextGen with new hosts, Leri Argueta and Ana Maria Villegas -- both Board Members of the Georgia First Generation Foundation -- share their personal journeys as first-generation leaders. Leri discusses his role as Senior Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives at Georgia Tech and his work advocating for underserved students. Ana shares her experience as a first-generation college graduate and her passion for economics and DEI. They both talk about the obstacles they've faced and the resources and mentoring they wish they had when starting out in their careers. Join them as they discuss their goals for the podcast and how they hope to inspire and empower other first-generation leaders.

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    Trigger Warning: Discussion and/or mention of death and suicide in this episode.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Being Perfectly Me feat. Ana Maria Villegas

    Being Perfectly Me feat. Ana Maria Villegas

    Born in Colombia, Ana Maria Villegas is a first-generation college graduate and professional. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, fully funded by merit scholarships. She finds great interest in analyzing the reasoning behind decisions and using data to predict and plan for a better future, which drew her to the study of economics. She has joined one of the world’s largest consulting firms, where she proudly represents Latinas in Business. Ana also advocates for first-generation students, aiming to provide the resources and mentoring they need to achieve their career aspirations. With her passion for DEI, she serves as a Georgia First Generation Foundation board member and actively volunteers and leads several DEI efforts. Ana enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in her free time, a martial art that challenges her physically and mentally. Many would describe Ana as a reliable, ambitious, and joyful young woman.


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    • 50 min

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