Consider the complexities of applying to college grappling with finances, negotiating the SATs, preparing for interviews. For youth who are first in their families to attend college, support systems that ease the way and promise success just aren't there. So FGCB provides the crucial support and guidance that low- and middle-income students need to get into college and succeed. Homework Clubs operated from subsidized housing sites provide learning interventions and academic support to students at all grade levels. The College Success program helps students climb the academic ladder, supporting 180 middle and high schoolers and 1,000 college students as they navigate academic requirements and admissions, apply for financial aid, enroll and stay in school, and graduate on time. An extraordinary 85% of FGCB alums hold bachelor's degrees and, of these, more than 20% earn advanced degrees. Help the numbers grow.

COVID-19 Update: While some programs, like homework club enrichment activities and honor roll recognition parties are off the table for the moment, weekly virtual homework club sessions still take place throughout the school year for Kimberly Gardens students. With the help of guidance counselors, GMGF and College Success completed recruitment, performing all one-on-one and group meetings, monthly workshops and weekly communications with parents and students by zoom, phone, and email. Virtual enrichment activities for students, including college tours, guest speakers, Career Puppy workshops, and MLW virtual activities remain on the roster.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School; Charles Carrol Middle School; Fairmont Heights High School; Central High School; Laurel High School; Parkdale High School; Potomac High School

  • Number of college graduates:   462
  • Number of students served annually:   600
  • The amount of financial aid the organization has helped our students secure over the past 9 years:   $5.5 million
  • Total number of students we have helped enter college:   1,300+

Awards & Recognition

1. The CUA Smathers Award, The Catholic University of America (2015)
2. Certificate of Completion, Leaders Engaged in Achieving Development (2012)
3. Closing the Achievement Gap Award, Maryland State Education Association (2011)
4. National Council of Negro Women Angels Among Us Award, Honorable Mention (2010)
5. Official Citation, Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County Legislative District 21 (2010)
6. Proclamation, Governor of the State of Maryland (2010)


  • First Generation College Bound celebrates 23rd class of college-bound graduates
    Mon Jun 24 2013, Laurel Leader  
    FGCB was featured in the Laurel Leader for our 23rd Annual Celebration at the University of Maryland College Park.

Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for First Generation College Bound is: Less than $500k

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