Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

Atlanta, Georgia: Georgia First, founded in 2016, started as a passion project. As first-generation high school students, Charbel Aoun and Francisco Martinez understood the challenges that students faced when pursuing a college education. With this in mind, Aoun and Martinez drafted a business proposal for the Georgia State University Business School’s Business Pitch Competition. This proposal ignited their groundbreaking idea of creating the Georgia First Generation Foundation, a foundation that changes the lives of hundreds of students and motivates, inspires, and supports them to become the next generation. 

Georgia First is a non-profit organization operated by first-generation students to help first-generation students. What sets this foundation apart from other education-focused nonprofit organizations is the focus on first-generation demographics and student populations. The organization values three core principles: service, success, and scholarship. 

An event that highlights some of these core principles is their Summit conference, which is held annually. This convention prioritizes improving first-generation education and discovering new approaches to enhance their college experience. The goal is to bring together first-generation college students with innovative, thought-leading executives in higher education and professional fields to bolster and improve student success with innovative solutions. 

In addition to their in-person conferences that inspire and motivate students, Georgia First also launched a podcast called Project NextGen that highlights what makes the first-generation the next generation of leaders, visionaries, and trailblazers. This podcast shines the spotlight on current students, alumni, and professionals with a first-generation background that advocate for other students and want to share their success stories to empower others. 

As the child of Lebanese and Syrian immigrant parents, Sami Tabbaa resonated with the mission of Georgia First and understood the challenges of being a first-generation student. As an alum of Emory University and Georgia State Law, he proudly serves on the board of directors for Georgia First as a managing attorney. 

“Serving my community and empowering first-generation students is something I am proud to be a part of; Empowering the rising generation is an important aspect of my law practice,” Tabbaa explains. 

Tabbaa Law is a boutique personal injury and car accident law firm serving the Atlanta, Georgia, area. They offer their clients a personalized approach of a large firm with the dedication and focus of a smaller firm. Sami’s approach to client relationships is to care about his clients as people and their recovery from a personal injury or car accident. At Tabbaa Law, they emphasize the health and wellbeing of their clients and help them focus on recovery while working to get their life back on track with client-focused representation. 

For more information call (770) 692-0175 or visit their website today.

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Tabbaa Law – Personal Injury Attorney
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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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