‘Go College!’ Documentary Calls To Low-Income, Immigrant Students

Career College Central summary:

  • Wells Fargo and First Generation Films have teamed together to create “Go College!”, an award-winning documentary meant to spark conversations about how to make going to college a reality for first-generation US citizens and low-income students.
  • The 95-minute film was shot over three years, and features some of the top education experts in the nation, while following four low-income students in their journey to attend college and break the cycle of poverty in their areas.
  • Cecilia is a first-generation US citizen, the daughter of migrant field workers and the member of a 9-person family in Bakersfield, California.  Dontay is an ex-drug dealer and gang member, and now-football star living with his single mother and takes three busses and two trains to attend a school for their football team, hoping to gain a scholarship from the experience.
  • Jess is a waitress who works with her single mother at her grandmother’s restaurant in a small town.  And “Soma” lives with 9 other Samoan family members in Los Angeles.
  • Each of these students has high grades, extracurricular activities, and many other responsibilities facing them.  However, they are all finding the path to college is not as easy as they thought it would be.
  • Since its introduction on March 24, local screenings of the documentary on its 10-city tour has reached 10,000 people, with over 1,000,000 more reached through social media hashtags #GoCollege and #WFCollegeTour.

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