Why Does Forward F1rst Exist?

Forward F1rst is dedicated to moving first generation college students forward. We know that half of the first generation students who set out to complete a bachelor's degree won't complete it within 6 years. We also know that first generation students have the drive and commitment it takes to succeed because our team of first generation students does too.

That's why we're creating resources and community to empower first generation students to thrive on the road to graduation and beyond.

The Team

Helen Mayer
Founder & CEO

Helen is a proud first generation graduate of Smith College, where she started the First Generation Student Alliance. She founded Forward F1rst to move first gens forward.

Kevin Grinberg

Kevin is an experienced technology leader, specializing in Python/Django. He is passionate about this project due to his experience as a first-generation immigrant.