Salutations! We are writing to inform of an opportunity that might be beneficial to your college experience at The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). The Necessary Steps Mentoring Program (NSMP) was designed to help transition first-generation students to the challenges and demands of college life. By definition, a first generation college student is any students’ whose parents/guardians have not graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a four year college or university. Here at UIS, the NSMP has been able to be a support and outreach service for ALL STUDENTS, which has helped in the areas of retention and graduation for the university as a whole.