One young woman’s story offers a road map for first-generation college students and their parents before they get to college. Meet Lucia Gonzalez, daughter of two parent leaders with Innovate Public Schools who are working to make sure more students from East Palo Alto have great schools that support them to college.

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This article is part of a series of articles on the achievement gap and parent advocacy created in partnership with GreatSchools. Find out how well schools in your community are preparing diverse students for college.