Take the I’m First Pledge

There’s something special about being first. For students who don’t have a family history of higher education, being the first to attend and complete college requires support, advice, and encouragement.

I pledge to join fellow students, graduates, and supporters of I’m First. Together we will inspire and encourage the next generation of students who will be first.

Share your video story

TERMS OF USE REGARDING VIDEO AND CONTENT UPLOADS

You may participate in CSO’s video program by contributing videos to this Web Site to share your stories and other content with the Web Community and other Internet users through your YouTube account (“User Video”). You may also comment upon other User Videos, provided that all such comments are respectful and do not disparage anyone. You also agree that CSO does not sponsor or support any User Video. Any provision or view of any User Video shall be at your own cost and risk and CSO guarantees no confidentiality or anonymity with respect to your User Video. Any Personal Information provided in connection with the User Video shall be publicly available and you understand and agree that such information may be displayed on this Web Site. You can disable access to that User Video by deleting it from your YouTube account. For any textual content, you can disable access to such content by contacting CSO via email at questions@imfirst.org with a written request to disable access.

You retain all ownership rights in the User Video; however, by submitting the User Video or any other content or works (including textual content), you are granting CSO a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable through multiple tiers, and transferable/assignable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, commercialize, and otherwise exercise all rights in and to the User Video in any media formats and through any media channels now known or hereinafter invented or discovered in connection with CSO’s business. Such license shall include all rights and permissions to reproduce your likeness, name and any other personal information that you choose to submit as a part of the User Video. You also grant each user of the Web Site, including CSO’s business partners and Educational Institutions, a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable through multiple tiers, and transferable/assignable Creative Common License to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, commercialize, and otherwise exercise all rights in and to the User Video in any media formats and through any media channels now known or hereinafter invented or discovered in connection with such entity’s business. Such Creative Common License shall include all rights and permissions to reproduce your likeness, name and any other personal information that you choose to submit as a part of the User Video.

By submitting a User Video or any content, you are representing that such video/content is your own creative work and does not infringe any third party rights, including intellectual property rights. You assume liability for your video/content at all times. CSO shall have, at all times, the right to monitor User Video and to remove or decline to post any User Video at any time, for any reason, without notice and at its sole discretion. CSO shall have no responsibility for the backup of any of any User Video or any lost data resulting from the use, operation or discontinuation of any aspect of the Web Site.

CSO respects the intellectual property of others as it expects its rights to be respected. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) ( http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf) CSO will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that are duly reported as set forth below. If you believe that any User Video or any user-provided content constitutes copyright infringement, please follow the following steps to notify us.

DMCA Notice of Alleged Infringement (“Notice”):

• Identify the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or if multiple works are covered by this Notice you may provide a representative list of the copyrighted works that you claim have been infringed.

• Identify the material or link you claim is infringing and provide a description of where the infringing work is located on the Web Site.

• Provide your mailing address, telephone number and, if available, email address.

• Include both of the following statements in the body of the Notice:

“I hereby state that I have a good-faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., fair use).”

“I hereby state that the information in this Notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.”

• Provide your full legal name and your electronic or physical signature.

• Deliver this Notice, with all items completed, to CSO’s Designated Copyright Agent:

Designated Copyright Agent

Center for Student Opportunity

4641 Montgomery, Avenue, Suite 513

Bethesda, MD 20814

While CSO will take all such Notices seriously, you will be liable for any material misrepresentations contained in your notice.

If you believe that your video or content has been wrongly removed and wish it to be restored, please provide a written counter-notification containing the following information:

• Your name, address, and telephone number.

• A description of the material that was removed and the location on our site where it previously appeared.

• A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification.

• A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, any judicial district in which we may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who filed the original DMCA notice or an agent of that person.

• Your electronic or physical signature.

You may submit this information Email: questions@imfirst.org. Please note that we will send any complete counter-notifications we receive to the person who submitted the original DMCA notice. That person may elect to file a lawsuit against you for copyright infringement. If we do not receive notice that a lawsuit has been filed within ten (10) business days after we provide notice of your counter-notification, we will restore the removed materials. Until that time, your materials will remain removed.

This Terms of Use Regarding Video and Content Uploads shall be subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

CSO welcomes comments and questions regarding this Terms of Use. Questions and comments should be directed to: questions@imfirst.org.

Tips & Instructions

Download the PDF

Prepare your message.
Begin your video with “My name is ______ and I’m first!” Then tell your story and offer some advice for students who will be the first generation in their family to go to college. If you’re an aspiring first-generation college student, say “My name is ______ and I will be first!” and tell us why going to college is important to you. You may wish to write down some thoughts to prepare.

Make sure we can hear you.
We want to hear what you have to say! Pick a quiet place to make your video. Speak clearly and project your voice.

Make sure we can see you.
Light should be on your face and not behind it — i.e. don’t sit in front of a bright window. If you like, wear your college sweatshirt or an I’m First T-shirt. Order here

Record your video and upload to YouTube.
Use your webcam or smartphone to record the video. Please keep your video under three (3) minutes in length. To upload your video, sign in to YouTube or create an account.

Add a title and tags.
Title your video “I’m First” and include your first name and location – for example: “I’m First: Matt in Bethesda, MD.” Include a short description about yourself and your video and use tags to describe your video so that other people can find it. Some tags to include are firstgen, imfirst, college, center for student opportunity, cso.

License your content.
When you upload your video to YouTube, select “Creative Commons – Attribution” under “License and rights ownership.” This will allow us and our partners to share your video.

Share your written story

TERMS OF USE REGARDING VIDEO AND CONTENT UPLOADS

You may participate in CSO’s video program by contributing videos to this Web Site to share your stories and other content with the Web Community and other Internet users through your YouTube account (“User Video”). You may also comment upon other User Videos, provided that all such comments are respectful and do not disparage anyone. You also agree that CSO does not sponsor or support any User Video. Any provision or view of any User Video shall be at your own cost and risk and CSO guarantees no confidentiality or anonymity with respect to your User Video. Any Personal Information provided in connection with the User Video shall be publicly available and you understand and agree that such information may be displayed on this Web Site. You can disable access to that User Video by deleting it from your YouTube account. For any textual content, you can disable access to such content by contacting CSO via email at questions@imfirst.org with a written request to disable access.

You retain all ownership rights in the User Video; however, by submitting the User Video or any other content or works (including textual content), you are granting CSO a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable through multiple tiers, and transferable/assignable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, commercialize, and otherwise exercise all rights in and to the User Video in any media formats and through any media channels now known or hereinafter invented or discovered in connection with CSO’s business. Such license shall include all rights and permissions to reproduce your likeness, name and any other personal information that you choose to submit as a part of the User Video. You also grant each user of the Web Site, including CSO’s business partners and Educational Institutions, a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable through multiple tiers, and transferable/assignable Creative Common License to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, commercialize, and otherwise exercise all rights in and to the User Video in any media formats and through any media channels now known or hereinafter invented or discovered in connection with such entity’s business. Such Creative Common License shall include all rights and permissions to reproduce your likeness, name and any other personal information that you choose to submit as a part of the User Video.

By submitting a User Video or any content, you are representing that such video/content is your own creative work and does not infringe any third party rights, including intellectual property rights. You assume liability for your video/content at all times. CSO shall have, at all times, the right to monitor User Video and to remove or decline to post any User Video at any time, for any reason, without notice and at its sole discretion. CSO shall have no responsibility for the backup of any of any User Video or any lost data resulting from the use, operation or discontinuation of any aspect of the Web Site.

CSO respects the intellectual property of others as it expects its rights to be respected. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) ( http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf) CSO will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that are duly reported as set forth below. If you believe that any User Video or any user-provided content constitutes copyright infringement, please follow the following steps to notify us.

DMCA Notice of Alleged Infringement (“Notice”):

• Identify the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or if multiple works are covered by this Notice you may provide a representative list of the copyrighted works that you claim have been infringed.

• Identify the material or link you claim is infringing and provide a description of where the infringing work is located on the Web Site.

• Provide your mailing address, telephone number and, if available, email address.

• Include both of the following statements in the body of the Notice:

“I hereby state that I have a good-faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., fair use).”

“I hereby state that the information in this Notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.”

• Provide your full legal name and your electronic or physical signature.

• Deliver this Notice, with all items completed, to CSO’s Designated Copyright Agent:

Designated Copyright Agent

Center for Student Opportunity

4641 Montgomery, Avenue, Suite 513

Bethesda, MD 20814

While CSO will take all such Notices seriously, you will be liable for any material misrepresentations contained in your notice.

If you believe that your video or content has been wrongly removed and wish it to be restored, please provide a written counter-notification containing the following information:

• Your name, address, and telephone number.

• A description of the material that was removed and the location on our site where it previously appeared.

• A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification.

• A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, any judicial district in which we may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who filed the original DMCA notice or an agent of that person.

• Your electronic or physical signature.

You may submit this information Email: questions@imfirst.org. Please note that we will send any complete counter-notifications we receive to the person who submitted the original DMCA notice. That person may elect to file a lawsuit against you for copyright infringement. If we do not receive notice that a lawsuit has been filed within ten (10) business days after we provide notice of your counter-notification, we will restore the removed materials. Until that time, your materials will remain removed.

This Terms of Use Regarding Video and Content Uploads shall be subject to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

CSO welcomes comments and questions regarding this Terms of Use. Questions and comments should be directed to: questions@imfirst.org.

Tips & Instructions

Prepare your message.
What do you want to tell students who will be the first in their family to go to college? Tell us what college means to you or share a piece of advice. Describe an important moment or person who helped you along the way.

Keep it short.
Stories must be 150 words or less, so you’ll want to keep it short and to the point.

Check your work.
Check spelling, grammar, proofread and make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.

Read it aloud.
You might feel silly, but it’s a great way to edit your work and ensure it makes sense and says what you want to say.