The First Gen Madrina

A Journey of Resilience, Education, and Support

As a child of Cuban immigrants who sacrificed their dreams for a better life, education became my beacon of hope growing up. Fueled by the desire to make a difference, I defied the odds and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. Eventually, I worked my way to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. This, in turn, marked a pivotal moment in my family’s history.

After navigating the challenges of being a first-generation college student without a roadmap, I realized the significance of having guidance and support. Thus, The First Gen Madrina was born- a haven for first gens like me. I promise to utilize my skills and experience in mental health, non-profits and higher education to best support the clients that I work with. My hope is to build a bridge of opportunities, creating a community where every first-gen individual can thrive and feel supported.

Our Mission

With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by first-generation individuals, we strive to provide accessible resources, unwavering support, and comprehensive guidance to empower our clients as they navigate through uncharted territories. Our mission is to be the dependable godmother figure, fostering resilience and cultivating a sense of belonging, ensuring that no first-generation individual feels alone on their journey towards success and fulfillment.

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Our Vision

We envision a world where every first-generation individual is equipped with the tools, networks, and knowledge necessary to break through barriers and achieve their fullest potential. Our vision is to contribute to a paradigm shift where the first-generation community is celebrated for their unique perspectives and contributions, propelling them towards a future of success and empowerment.