What People Say

College student at any age

“I am so grateful for the dedication and all the hard work of FGCB program director Raymond Harrod! I thank him for answering EVERY email, returning EVERY phone call and for advising me EVERY step of the way. Without his help, neither one of my daughters would be enrolled in college right now. I am especially thankful for FGCB’s Annual Celebration. I have always wanted to go back to school and complete my education. When I was younger, I was a hard-headed know-it-all. As a result, I didn’t go past the 10th grade. I never attended a school dance, prom or any of the things that make for good memories and stories to pass down to your children. I did get my GED and I’m proud of that, but I never experienced walking across a stage in a cap and gown to receive a diploma. I want to have that experience, and the Annual Celebration program helped me to make up my mind to face all my fears and insecurities and go for it. I just finished completing my FAFSA and I will be attending Washington Bible College in the fall. Even though I’m not a teen, I’ll consider myself a FGCB member because I was on the fence until last night. If Mr. Joseph Fisher’s mom could get a GED at 52, I can become a college student at 47!”

Lori Thomasson


Premier youth mentoring program

“Joe Fisher is a proven, dynamic leader who has made a career of helping youth realize, and even exceed, their potential. Through his leadership, First Generation has grown into Prince George’s County’s premier youth mentoring program.”

Tom Dernoga

Former Member, Prince George’s County Council

Strongest advocates I’ve ever seen for students

“I have not worked with any person who is any more professional and more caring about the population he serves than Joe Fisher. Joe serves as a mother-father-sister-brother to all the students in his program. He’s called me late at night, he’s called me early in the morning. He’s one of the strongest advocates I’ve ever seen for students, not only in trying to get them admitted but also in trying to get them the financial resources to be able to go to school.”

Don Kiah

Former Bowie State University assistant vice president for enrollment management

Students that have beaten the odds

“Of all the graduations I attend, the one hosted by First Generation College Bound is the most moving. These are the students that have beaten the odds, followed their hearts, believed that they could become the first in their families to earn a college degree. For 20 years Joe Fisher and FGCB have been the North Star for many hundreds of kids, beginning in elementary school and staying with them through matriculation from college. You cannot help but support a program like FGCB!”

H. Walter Townshend II

President and CEO, Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and FGCB board member

Provide access to all tools and recources

“FGCB is a very high-touch, hands-on organization. It doesn’t just throw a bunch of information at the students and their families; it holds their hands through the process to make sure they have access to all the tools and the resources they need. It’s remarkable.”

Anne Moultrie

Associate vice chancellor for communications, University System of Maryland

A wonderful organization

“First Generation College Bound is a wonderful hands-on organization that has been working for 20 years assisting students and their families – preparing them for college and helping them with the often-confusing application and financial aid process. It has made a tremendous impact on many, many students and their families.”

Janice Doyle

Chief of staff for the chancellor of the University System of Maryland and former FGCB board member

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