Rise First

At Rise First, we are a committed team of first-generation students and professionals working with our founder, Cindy Rentala, to develop a comprehensive online platform that empowers first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students and professionals. We aim to consolidate nationwide programs and resources that meet the needs of FGLI students. We hope that our curated resource center can serve as the first place students look when they need help and support to succeed in higher education and beyond.

Our goal is not only to democratize information but also to improve access for all FGLI students nationwide. Using web/mobile technologies, we plan to build a robust online community with a focus on first-generation news, events, blogs, forums, and more importantly career-related topics including job search, networking and mentorship.

We invite you to join us in this movement. Together, we will ensure that every FGLI student is able to achieve their fullest potential.