College loans and support in Laurel MD and PG county.

Mission & Vision

First Generation College Bound (FGCB) stands firm on its Mission and Vision.

Changing Lives Brochure Changing Lives Brochure (276 KB)

Mission Statement: FGCB exists to empower youth from low to moderate income families to achieve social and economic success by providing guidance, encouragement, and support in obtaining a college degree.

Vision: One day every Maryland student will have access to achieving a college degree.

The vision affirms the experience of Joseph Fisher, CEO and Founder, who began FGCB in 1990 by walking door-to-door through a public housing complex in Laurel, Maryland offering youth and their families a program of academic support and guidance to attend college.

FGCB is a community-based organization which offers youth and their families a “pipeline” of educational interventions comprising academic readiness, supportive services and guidance to achieve high school graduation, college admissions and earn a post-secondary degree.

The organization functions to address the need for “outside of school” and “college access supports” to increase the number of low-income students who graduate from high school prepared for college, enrolled in quality institutions and matriculate in four years.

Since the launching of FGCB, our organization has made an impact college-bounding first generation students to attend college and graduate. 

Our highlights include:

  • Supporting a manageable ratio of youth to FGCB staff to ensure customization of services, based on student and family needs.
  • Early determination of financial needs.
  • Individualized recommendations regarding college readiness options, including academic preparation; and customized career and college search.
  • On-going involvement by FGCB staff with students and their families along each step of the matriculation continuum and upon enrollment, preventing summer "meltdown."
  • Documentation of student outcomes using consistent follow-up methodologies.