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Dear First Gens,

Welcome back to our latest episode of The First Gen Madrina podcast highlighting the theme Supporting First Gens! Today we speak with Paulaska Ramirez, Founder and Executive Director of Generation Fearless. Paulaska was born and raised in Passaic, NJ and later became a resident of Paterson, NJ. 

As a first-generation Latina, Paulaska knows firsthand the challenges and uncertainties that come with navigating college, graduate school, relationships, and adulthood without a point of reference. Her own journey has shaped her into a beacon of hope and guidance for others facing similar hurdles.

Paulaska The First Gen Madrina

Despite these obstacles, Paulaska excelled academically and embarked on a journey to higher education, navigating the unfamiliar terrain of a first-generation college student. She credits much of her success to the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, which provided the support and guidance she couldn’t get at home during her college years. Paulaska’s EOF counselor now holds a significant role in her life, showing just how important the power of mentorship and support can be. 

Paulaska earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from William Paterson University and a master’s degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership studies at Northwestern University.  

Supporting First Gens: Generation Fearless

Paulaska The First Gen Madrina

Throughout her journey, Paulaska created Generation Fearless. This organization serves as a support system for first-generation women like herself. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by this community, Paulaska’s organization focuses on providing resources and guidance in areas such as emotional wellness, professional development, and financial literacy. 

Through initiatives like Generation Fearless, Paulaska fosters meaningful discussions and community-building among first-generation women. Participants share their diverse experiences, highlighting the importance of recognizing and embracing one’s unique identity while navigating professional and personal challenges. 

Overall, Paulaska’s personal journey and the mission of Generation Fearless show us the importance of prioritizing self-care and cultivating a growth mindset. Through Generation Fearless, Paulaska continues to empower and uplift others, inspiring them to embrace their unique journeys and pursue paths that lead to fulfillment and success. You can find out more information about Generation Fearless on

The First Gen Madrina

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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.

If you are a first-gen individual, join Sara, The First Gen Madrina, for individual coaching and/or group coaching. For first gens, 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 for a busy 2024 filled with amazing first-gen 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