Students who participate in the First-Generation Leadership Program will spend a year learning about leadership, academic success skills, and getting to know other first-generation students in what we call their Family Group.
A Family Group meets once a week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Family groups are a place for students to develop long-lasting bonds and learn helpful topics such as time management, study skills, values based leadership, multicultural leadership, and more. Family groups are led by what we call a Family Leader.
A Family Leader is an experienced college student who serves as a mentor and resource for student participants. The Family Leader provides both academic and personal support for students by developing trusting relationships with each student in their Family Group. Family Leaders meet at least twice a semester with each student in their family group where they do goal setting, answer questions, and get to know each students’ academic and personal life experiences.
Family Leaders also lead Family Group Activities, which are fun ways for students to get to know each other outside of the formal Family Group Meetings each week. Additionally, Family Leaders hold study hours each week for students to participate in.
Study Hours are our way of encouraging healthy study habits that create an accountability system amongst students in the program. Students are required to go to study hours at least once each week.
In the spring, once students feel confident in their leadership skills they will participate in a Service Project led by their Family Group. The service project will be a way for students to practice their leadership skills and will be another item to enhance their resume.