What People Say

Hoping to influence youth like you did for me

“I wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU for everything you did for me and everything you continue to do for the youth of Laurel and the surrounding area. Your leadership motivated me to be the best person I could be. My hope is that I may influence youth (even if it is just one) as you did with me."

John Wilson

– FGCB College Graduate from Frostburg State University

Mere words cannot express our gratitude

“FGCB helped me and my family understand the college acceptance procedures; a complicated and misunderstood process while everyone around me persuaded me to be "realistic" and apply to other schools. However, through diligence, tenacity and perseverance, FGCB assisted us with attending the school of our choice and for this, we are eternally grateful."

Maame and Sarah Amoyaw

–Siblings that have benefitted from our College Access Program

An opened door for opportunity

"FGCB has been instrumental in helping us explore options in a world of diversity and prospect. More options provide more probabilities. We consider it a privilege to be part of such a reciprocal and gratifying process."

Nathalie and Christian Polanco

–Siblings that have benefitted from the College Access Program

A family of achievers

"The program generates a blanket of help and support similar to that of a "domino effect," the triumph regenerates from generation-to-generation in our family starting from the eldest sibling to the youngest."

Erinayo, Olawale and Olakunle Soniregun

–Siblings that have benefitted from the College Access Program

Nothing short in abundance and rewards

"FGCB houses a wealth of resources that is advantageous to all college-bound students. Mr. Fisher and his team gave us hope and set high expectations that were essential for enrolling in college. FGCB has placed us on a phenomenal journey beyond belief! Nothing short in abundance and rewards."

Cynthia and Lacreesha Tyner

–Parent and FGCB college student at Bowie State University

The circle of giving

"Engaging youth in a worthwhile manner through assistance and guidance in the college bound process is rare and the benefits of FGCB are incalculable. Anytime a program can aid in one’s advancement through life and instill confidence through independent learning, it’s an entity that should be supported.” 

Connell Cuffie

Director of philanthropy, Jersey Mike's Subs

Will get you towards your goal

“(Joe Fisher) was another father figure in my life. He invited me to chamber of commerce dinners with all these people who owned huge businesses. I’ve also watched him mingle with friends of mine who had problems paying rent, allowing them to stay in his house while they went to high school. What he was willing to do to make sure we got to that goal was just phenomenal.”

Reginald Black

–Marine Science Master’s Graduate at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Role model for the next generation

“I don’t think that I would be where I am now if FGCB hadn’t helped me. Being the first one in my family to go to a school like the University of Maryland, my family is very proud of me. I feel like I’m a role model for the younger generation. It makes me feel like if I have achieved what I have done so far, I can achieve more. Now I’m thinking about going to grad school.”

Cindy Cruz

–Daughter of El Salvadoran parents

Tremendous influence on our young citizens

“First Generation College Bound has had a tremendous influence on our young citizens in their efforts to improve the quality of their lives by continuing their education. Many of these young citizens would not have had the opportunity to go forward without the guidance and encouragement they have received from this valuable and worthwhile program.”

Craig A. Moe

Mayor of Laurel

The teachers are wonderful

“The teachers at the (FGCB) Homework Club are wonderful. They helped my daughter, Ashley, a lot in subjects such as history. She brought her grades up to B’s, and now she’s receiving A’s. Ashley has gotten a full ride to McDaniel College.”

Cora Chase


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