Categories: First-Gen Update

First Generation Programming Services

Welcome back First Gens! This week, we continue our theme of Celebrating Women’s History Month by meeting an amazing first gen, Sara Pena. In this episode, we discuss the challenges of being a first-gen student and professional as well as the significance of prioritizing self-care, especially during Women’s History Month.

Sara Peña

 Sara Pena The First Gen Madrina
Sara P. opened up about her journey through college, sharing with us all about the obstacles she encountered as a first-gen student. She emphasizes how important perseverance is, even in the face of adversity, and highlights the invaluable role of community and mentorship in overcoming challenges. We also discussed self care and agreed that self-care isn’t about indulging in luxurious spa treatments or extravagant vacations. Self-care can be taking a moment to breathe and reconnect with nature, taking some time to be alone with yourself and just relax. Find what brings you peace and joy!
During the episode, we explore the power of vulnerability and storytelling, particularly concerning mental health. Sara P. is passionate about people embracing their unique narratives and openly discussing their struggles, recognizing the impact it can have on others facing similar challenges. When others hear about people going through similar experiences, they find comfort and strength knowing they are not alone.

Boys to Leaders Foundation

Sara Pena The First Gen Madrina

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Sara D. and Sara P. stress the significance of uplifting and supporting women from diverse backgrounds. They emphasize the importance of fostering a culture of empowerment and solidarity among women, highlighting the need to amplify each other’s voices and champion one another’s achievements.
Sara P. also shares with us why she created the Boys to Leaders Foundation and the importance of investing in the next generation and providing them with the necessary support to thrive. As a mom to a son, she recognized the importance of having more support within the community. Sara P.’s reminder that life is full of ups and downs, but with resilience, support from others, and a commitment to self-care, anyone can work to succeed on their path and come out stronger and more resilient than before. For more information on Boys to Leaders Foundation, check out their website

The First Gen Madrina

The First Gen Madrina

If you are a University, College, Company or Organization, The First Gen Madrina offers workshops on a variety of topics (such as imposter syndrome, time management, managing burnout, building a self-care plan, etc..), custom built mentorship programs as well as customized services tailored to the needs of the client.

Join Sara, The First Gen Madrina, for individual coaching and/or group coaching. The journey can often feel lonely but that does not mean that you are alone! Check out the Our Services tab on our website for more information!

In order to follow along, remember to rate, review, and subscribe to The First Gen Madrina Podcast to stay connected. Also, follow on instagram and LinkedIn @thefirstgenmadrina and Sara Diaz, LCSW. Sara acknowledges that the term first gen can be fluid, so The First Gen Madrina is committed to supporting all first gens! This isn’t just about breaking barriers—it’s about providing unwavering support that propels individuals to embrace life’s challenges and triumphs.

In conclusion, stay tuned to meet amazing first generation guests for the podcast, endless topics related to the first-gen experience and transformational coaching! Sara is your go to Madrina for all things first gen!

¡Hasta pronto!

Sara, The First Gen Madrina