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Be The F.I.R.s.t.

In 2016 after graduating college, Trenee' established Be The F.I.R.S.T. a program dedicated to creating spaces and providing support to First-Generation College Students. To Be The F.I.R.S.T is to Fundamentally Inspire by Redefining your Scholastic Tenacity, a true testament to the power of First Gen students everywhere. Be The F.I.R.S.T. has held numerous College Prep, Financial Aid, Student-led and Graduate workshops for students entering into college. 


From Trenee''s Heart

I strongly believe in the power and purpose of education and how its adventurous yet rigorous challenges can birth a generation of powerful leaders. We as individuals grow with increasing knowledge that comes with the opportunities of obtaining an education. As a college student soon to be a graduate, I couldn’t imagine not receiving the opportunity to go to college because of fear or the lack of knowledge about applying to college. Sadly this is the story of many students finishing high school without the whereabouts or understanding of an application process that seems to be more difficult than one can accomplish. There is a prominent uprising of College students enrolling in Colleges and Universities because their parents once enrolled in Higher learning for the futures of their children. However, first-generation college students face many challenges in the awakening to embark on the new journey to attend college and graduate, being the FIRST in their families.


According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 84% of students whose parents have gone to college enroll immediately after high school, while with decreasing increments to 54% of students entering into college as first-generation college students. Furthermore, the statistic dramatically reveals that 36% of first-generation college students are the first to also graduate from High school. I must say this isn’t just an issue; it’s a profound challenge. One that we can change together.


If you are interested in a Be The F.I.R.S.T. workshop contact Trenee' through "Book Now."

Photo & Design by Catherine Fiehn Photography 

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