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First to Fly First-Generation Support Program


The purpose of the First to Fly (FTF) Program is to help first-generation students successfully navigate higher education. The FTF program provides students with a community that offers academic, social-emotional, and career readiness support.

Eligibility and Application

Any student attending Fresno Pacific University who identifies as a first-generation student is eligible. As defined by FPU, your parent/guardian has not received a four-year bachelor's degree. If you would like to apply to be part of the First to Fly community and receive regular communication about support services and program events, please complete this short application.

Program Benefits

  • Academic Support (Tutoring and Coaching)
  • Program events and activities
  • Career Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Counseling Services
  • Laptops available for check-out

Support Team

Program Staff

Peer Mentors

  • Mariana Bautista Almazan
  • Yesenia Cortez
  • Paola Espinoza
  • Lucero Garcia-Lopez
  • Ramon Martinez
  • Andrea Pineda
  • Maddy Ward

Events and Resources


  • September 1, 2023: Pizza & Planners
  • September 15-17, 2023: Orientation Retreat @ Casa Pacifica
  • October 3, 2023: FAFSA & DREAM Act Lab #1
  • October 10, 2023: Career Development Workshop - How to Network
  • October 24, 2023: Internship Expo
  • November 8, 2023: First Gen Celebration Day
  • December 7, 2023: Christmas Party