FirstGenU is ANY’s virtual program developed specifically for first-generation college students and provided in partnership with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Inclusion. Through FirstGenU, students have access to a high-production, self-paced e-learning curriculum designed to help them build the skills and confidence needed to thrive in the workforce.

FirstGenU currently offers five courses focused on essential skills needed to attain jobs and internships. You can learn more about each of the courses here.

  • Connecting the Dots: College to Career
  • Networking & Career Planning
  • Preparing Application Materials
  • Interview Skills
  • Navigating Workspaces

How to Register

Students are invited to join FirstGenU at any time through completing a brief registration form. There is no deadline and no formal application process. If you meet our eligibility requirements, then you will become a part of our program and gain access to our curriculum.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be currently enrolled in college and completing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • You must be a first-generation college student, meaning that neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor’s degree in any country


  • Professional development. Courses are designed to help you build the skills and confidence you need to thrive in the workforce.
  • Accessible. No matter where you are located, you can participate in FirstGenU – all you need is access to the Internet.
  • Achievable. We know you’re busy, so each course takes less than an hour to complete.
  • Self-paced. Complete courses on your own schedule and at your own pace.
  • Community. As you complete courses, you’ll be invited to exclusive enrichment events to continue developing your skills and building community with other FirstGenU participants.

Partnering with FirstGenU

If you work for a college, university, or community-based organization that supports first-generation college students, we would love to partner with you! FirstGenU is a flexible program and can be offered to students in a variety of different ways. Please reach out to firstgenu@americaneedsyou.org to learn more.



“I’m very excited about our partnership. FirstGenU is going to be invaluable to all students. 
Whether they’re traditional, non-traditional, or they’re in currently in the workforce and don’t have their dream job, they can use this content to catapult them.”
– Mary, Assistant Director of Career Engagement and Experiential Learning at Saint Peter’s University

“I recommend that other students sign up for FirstGenU. It’s a great way to learn new things without feeling like you’re being judged. I could do the lessons at my own pace in a setting that was comfortable for me.”
– Paola, Hudson Community College Student


If you have questions about FirstGenU, please reach out to firstgenu@americaneedsyou.org.