City of Mesa News Article
Councilmember David Luna and Mesa Counts on College present free screening of "First Generation"
By: Randy Policar
04/14/14 3:07 PM

District 5 Councilmember David Luna and Mesa Counts on College are hosting a free screening of the film “First Generation” on Wednesday, April 23 at Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Theatre, 1 E. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the film beginning at 6:30 p.m.  

Prior to the movie, there will be a free College Fair held in the Piper Theatre lobby from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Representatives from local colleges will be on hand to answer questions and pass out information. There will also be information about ACT/SAT Prep courses and information on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

“First Generation” is a feature documentary that tells the story of four high school students who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, the film explores the challenges these students and their families face and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation
"I am excited for parents and students to come and see this movie to learn about the challenges related to college access and to see how these young lives, despite obstacles, can be successful in their quest for a college education," Councilmember David Luna said.  "Thank you Mesa Counts on College and the Mesa Arts Center for hosting this informative and educational presentation and for making a positive impact in the community."

Mesa Counts on College is a partnership among the City of Mesa, Mesa Public Schools, Mesa Community College and Mesa residents with the goal of doubling college attendance and completion rates for students ages 16-26. Mesa Counts on College is working throughout the community to create a college-completion culture by making meaningful changes in practices, policies and attitudes. 

 “This event is a great way for parents and students to understand how to make attending college a reality,” Mesa Counts on College Director Amy Trethaway said. “Not only is the film entertaining and informative, it really hits home with those who simply do not believe college or any education beyond high school is a viable option for themselves or their children.

For more information on “First Generation”, visit To learn more about Mesa Counts on College, visit


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