At Generation 1st Degree - Pico Rivera, our mission is to have a college degree in every home in Pico Rivera, a typical southern California community.

We design and fund programs that ensure students make it to and through college. Every day we work with amazing youth like Jose Garcia:

As an upcoming senior, I was extremely scared of what the future had in store for me because my parents had not gone to college or even knew what the college process was like. After finishing the application process with Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera, I felt more confident about my future. I applied to the University of Oregon, University of Arizona, University of California Merced, University of California Riverside, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, California State University Bakersfield, California State University Northridge and California State University Los Angeles. I am fortunate enough to say that I’ve been admitted to all the schools I applied to with the help of Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera.

As a first generation college student, I’m extremely fortunate to be offered admissions to these great schools that I would’ve never dreamed of getting into. I’ll be attending the University of Arizona in the fall and I’m excited to explore my career in Public Relations through a Communications major. My ultimate goal is to become a Global Publicity Specialist for a company in the entertainment industry.

I’m proud to be a role model to my younger brother and sisters for their college journeys. For them, it will not be a question of whether or not they’re going to college, it will be a matter of when. The journey I’ve taken has definitely been a challenging one but Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera have helped me to both develop my networking skills and be more comfortable with this college process. I am ready!

On #GivingTuesday, all donations received at will go towards expanding our programming to more students. We look forward to celebrating many more stories like Jose's thanks to you!