The Facing Project is a community storytelling project founded by J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman in Muncie, Indiana that connect people through stories to strengthen community. Each group, be it a city, school, or other organization takes on a topic that is prominent in their area and brings storytellers and writers together to bring this subject to life. You can learn more about the nationwide project at www.facingproject.com.
The Facing Project works hand-in-hand with Central Michigan University’s (CMU) 4S Pathways to Academic Student Success Program (Pathways). Pathways is a program for first generation, Pell grant eligible, and multicultural students. Our students have taken major steps towards entering college and have marvelous stories to tell. Our GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) students, many of whom are first-generation, are graduating from high school in June 2017. The GEAR UP program, which is in its 18th year, has been preparing this cohort of students for post-secondary education since their seventh grade year. The Facing Project will inspire these incoming college students through stories of achievement, sacrifice, struggle, the unknown, and most of all perseverance and the strength to continue and succeed in college.
The Facing Project at CMU will give students and staff members the opportunity to share their CMU first-generation story. This project goes along with CMU’s motto: “Put Your Stamp on the World”. Everyday our Pathways and GEAR UP program staff at CMU have the opportunity to mentor and work with students on a daily basis who are currently facing or soon to enter into college.
Our objective is to support our students’ successful transitions from high school and home life to college and dorm life.
Our scholars’ stories are all unique and special. Each one of our storytellers will share the events of their life, their experiences about being the first to face college, and the lessons they learned along the way.
This is First Generation: Facing College.