Ms. Assata Williams joined the "Homework Club" in Rosemary Hills in 1997 and stayed with the program through its entirety. Assata was able to star in a talent show and receive acting lessons, nurturing her passion for performing arts and theatre. In 2018, FLS sponsored Assata to perform her self-produced one-woman show ‘CHAIN’ at the Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland to a sold-out audience. In addition to expanding her acting career, Assata has established a successful health & wellness business known as GingerMe based in Atlanta, Georgia, serving craft ginger shots that boost the immune system, increase energy levels, and detox the body.
Ms. Agnes Gilson began attending the FLS Homework Club in second grade and stayed with the program throughout high school. Agnes, the youngest daughter of Haitian parents, was presented with an opportunity from a national foundation in fifth grade to learn entrepreneurship. Agnes went on to graduate from Howard University and is the founder of the upscale 5-star private waxing studio Waxing with Aggy in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Ms. Jene Raigns began attending the FLS Homework Club in second grade. She developed a strong bond with her personal mentor, whose positive influence solidified her decision to attend college and pursue social work. She graduated from Bowie State University in December 2019 and will be pursuing the master's degree program in social work at Howard University in 2020. Jene is currently a Montgomery County government employee and has begun implementing the "Beautiful Gemz" young women’s mentoring program in Rosemary Hills.
Mr. Robert Roman, currently employed by MCPS, founded a youth basketball coaching business Basketball Recruitment Association to mentor youth. He has coached and created a bridge from high school to college for many basketball players. Robert, son of Immigrants from the Dominican Republic, volunteers to work with students in addition to his full-time work. Robert has gone above and beyond to mentor young men and give back to the Montgomery County community. Robert began attending "Homework Club" in 8th grade and has worked with FLS as a fitness coach at our extended day middle school summer program.
Ms. Selam and Ms. Tekuam Kassa (sisters) began attending the "Homework Club" together. Having recently immigrated from Ethiopia with parents who were employed full-time, Selam was responsible for looking after her younger sister during after-school hours. The "Homework Club" was the only program that allowed her to bring her sister and be able to receive assistance with school work in the presence of caring responsible adults. Proudly, Selam has graduated with a Master's Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Entertainment Management. She has a full-time job at an entertainment agency in Los Angeles, California.