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Impact Gen

Impact Gen is a network of first-generation college students and employees of local companies who are committed to being role models and mentors in their communities.

First-generation college students face unique challenges starting and succeeding in the workforce. Our Impact Gen program provides recent college graduates and young professionals with the network, professional skills, and confidence they need to pursue their desired careers.

Impact Gen cultivates and bridges local talent to San Francisco employers by creating a community where young professionals get the support they need to prepare for and connect to internship-to-job pipelines!

The Impact Gen application is open 

Interested in supporting Impact Gen as a volunteer? Join our 8-week program for current college students and graduates focusing on professional development, career exploration, coaching, and professional networking as a mentor.

Important Contacts

Ana Avalos Tizol

Workforce Development Director
(415) 864-5205 x 314

Catherine Marroquin
Sr. Director of College to Career
(415) 864-5205 x 310

Program Highlights

First-Generation College Students

College Connect is attuned to the needs of students without a family history of higher education.  Taking a week-long tour of colleges and universities each year, students have the opportunity to explore different public and private options, as well as meet students from similar communities and begin to create a community on campus.

Preparing students for the challenges many first-gen students face on campus, as well as ensuring they are finding the resources and support available, College Connect students are better prepared to be the first in their family to complete a 4-year degree.


Online workshops provide the tools to learn about job searching and the professional workforce.

Our workshops cover a wide variety of topics, including goal setting, imposter syndrome, professional etiquette, finance management, job applications, and building generational wealth – everything a recent graduate needs to succeed in the workforce.

Career Panels & Mock Interviews

Students have the opportunity to tour Bay Area companies and connect with potential employers with career panels. Students also have the opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned and refine their skills through mock interviews.

Professional Mentoring

Impact Gen provides the opportunity for students to request a mentor.

We reach into our alumni network and connect a mentor to the student, providing one-on-one interactions with an established  professional and introducing the student to the mentor’s professional circle.

Get Involved

Interested in joining Mission Graduates for a year of fun and learning?

Volunteer in the classroom and help our students develop a love of learning.

Ensure our students have the tools they need to succeed.

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