For many young adults, the route from high school to college is strewn with financial obstacles and daunting choices. Now imagine making that transition as a first-generation, remedial-level student facing challenges like homelessness, trauma, and poverty. Each year, Future Link works with 300 vulnerable Montgomery County youth, helping them navigate the path to a promising career. The multi-year program kicks off with a 15-week college level seminar that empowers students and equips them with essential workplace skills. Next comes a suite of individualized services – mentorships, paid internships, scholarships, professional networks – to help students finish college or trade school and advance professionally. Impressively, participants hold a 70% academic persistence rate – higher than the county average for all students. Each year, dozens attain college degrees, professional certifications, and full-time employment. For youth fighting the odds, your support opens doors.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County
Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students
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Awards & Recognition
Time Well Spent Award, Montgomery Collaboration Council 2011
Montgomery County Council Proclamation for Excellence in Serving the County's most at-risk population, 2013, 2018
Excellence Award for Contributions from MC Department of Corrections, 2014
- A Career Road Map for First-Generation Professionals
Thu Oct 25 2018, U.S News & World Report
First-generation Future Link students highlight how the organization's support, networks, & mentors impact their career trajectory.
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