First Generation Social Justice Leaders

FirstGEN Fellows is a ten-week summer program in the D.C. area for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education, and who are passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Each fellow receives a $1,500 stipend. Our mission is to identify, support and advance emerging first generation social justice leaders. The fellowship is a collaborative program by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and D.C. Office of the National Immigration Law Center, with the Lawyers’ Committee serving as program lead.

News Clips

$1 million targets ‘first-gen’ students

By Megan Bachman, Published: February 5, 2015, Antioch College recently announced that it received an anonymous donation of more than $1 million earmarked for scholarships. The gift was not an anomaly for a college almost entirely dependent upon donations, but it is significant in that it supports the college’s mission to enroll those who wouldn’t…

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

By Lyndsey Layton January 16, 2015, The Washington Post   For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of…

Press Releases

FirstGEN Welcomes New Partner, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2015 – The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) welcome Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) as a new partner, to expand the First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) program. FirstGEN…