FGCB College Graduate

About Us

First Generation College Bound (FGCB) was founded in 1990 and became a 501(c)(3) on August 2, 1991. For 29 years, FGCB has helped young people realize a dream that often seemed out of reach- to be the first in their family to earn a post-secondary degree.

FGCB provides pathways thru high school and into college for low to moderate income, at risk, underrepresented youth that attend Prince George’s County Public Schools. FBCB operates four core and interrelated programs that are demonstrated best practices for increasing high school graduation rate of at-risk students ensuring their success to higher education. The Homework Club began in 1992 and is staffed by certified teachers providing homework assistance and academic support. Students also participate in enrichment activities and recognition events. Middle school students and parents are inspired to enroll in the Pre-College Access Program, a partnership with the University System of Maryland’s Way2GoMaryland Information Campaign, that teaches how to plan for college and develops a winning attitude for higher education. As students progress in their high school years, they learn the importance of going to college by receiving college bound information in the College Access Program, staffed by case managers. Once students enter into college they are supported with survival skills from the College Retention Program. This combination of FGCB program exposure and support from the community allows the students to gain self-confidence and emerge as great leaders for the future.

Our partners invest in sustaining the long-term goals of the program, such as developing a highly educated workforce to support economic growth and higher quality of life in the County.

FGCB has partnerships with the following entities:

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Olive Branch Community Church
  • Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development
  • The Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Department of Social Services
FGCB graduates have attended some of the nation's most prestigious institutions of higher learning and over 20% of our college graduates have also attended graduate school.

"Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. ... This is a prescription for economic decline. ... This country needs and values the talents of every American."  - President Barack Obama, address to joint session of Congress, Feb. 19, 2009

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