ABOUT.

What is a
First-generation student?

According to the Department of Education, a first-generation student is "A student whose parent(s) or legal guardian did not complete a bachelor's degree."

This also includes students who:

Are first-generation American

Have a parent that went to college in adulthood

Have a parent that started college but did not finish

Have a parent that went to college, but is not involved in the student's life

According to the Department of Education, a first-generation student is "A student whose parent(s) or legal guardian did not complete a bachelor's degree."

This also includes students who:

Are first-generation American

Have a parent that went to college in adulthood

Have a parent that started college but did not finish

Have a parent that went to college, but is not involved in the student's life

The Problem?

Being a first-generation college student is often cited as one of the most frequent predictors of higher education failure. In fact, only 11% of first-generation students who begin at college end up with bachelor's degrees and more than ¼ of first-generation students leave after their first year--  amounting to 4x the dropout rate of higher-income second-generation students.

 

 

Although many Universities

foster New Student Orientation

programs prior to the start of the semester, we find that most first-generation students miss out on

the opportunity due to financial reasons. Furthermore, these one-time orientation programs fail to provide consistent guidance throughout the year.

Ultimately, first-generation students are stuck managing their matriculation on their own with limited resources, and a lack of mentorship that can inhibit their scholastic success and mental health

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DROP 

OUT AFTER THEIR FIRST YEAR

Vision.

Our solution.

Our goal is to ensure that first-generation students receive valuable guidance and assistance in transitioning from high school to college by providing its participants with the type of support and mentorship first-generation students need but often don’t receive through:

 

HBCU Imprint, Inc., serves to offer first-generation students on HBCU campuses with the tools they need to succeed while teaching them how to apply them throughout their matriculation. In addition, we provide students with tailored information that addresses their different struggles/circumstances as first-generation students by fostering a relationship with our members that incorporate accountability, trust, and individual guidance.

  • facilitating workshops

  • encouraging mentorship

  • & engaging in community service.

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Our vision is to help eliminate the gap between first-generation students and those who aren’t. Not only giving them the tools to succeed but showing them how to use them effectively. Creating a new generation of first-generation students with higher graduation rates and a stronger support system.

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Founder.

​Gabrielle Jackson is a marketing major at Howard University Class of 2022 from Broward County, Florida. As a first-generation herself she noticed and experienced the lack of assistance, support, and guidance for first-generation students on her campus. She decided to be the change that she and students like her needed. She gathered a team together and Imprint was founded in April 2019.

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Being a first generation student means that they're taking risks,

                 stepping outside of their comfort zone,

and doing something they've never seen anyone in their family do before."