For many kids, the route from high school to post-secondary education is strewn with financial obstacles and daunting choices. Now imagine making that transition when you are homeless, in foster care, or a teen parent. Each year, Future Link works with more than 150 of Montgomery Countyís most vulnerable youth, helping them navigate the path to a promising career. The intensive two-year program begins with a 14-week college level seminar that both empowers students (identifying strengths and goals) and equips them with essential skills (problem solving, decision making, networking). Local corporations host Career Immersion Days, and a culminating informational interview turns professional dreams into tangible possibilities. Mentorships are also available, as well as paid internships for select students. The next step? Tutoring, help with financial aid paperwork, and additional academic support to make the leap into college or trade school. A full 71% of participants enroll in post-secondary education within six months of completing the seminar. For youth who havenít had many opportunities, Future Link opens the door.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24)

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

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

  • Academic persistence level of students who started at the developmental (remedial) course level :  
    73% of those who started at the developmental level are persisting in College.
  • Percentage of students matched and working with a mentor on education and career goals:  
    43% of seminar graduates are working with a Future Link mentor.
  • Percentage of students who graduated from Future Link's Education and Career Development 14 week seminar:  
    90% of students completed the seminar complete with perfect attendance, attended a corporate site visit, developed a resume, conducted an informational interview, and developed a personal profile.
  • Percentage of students who made a professional connection in their desired career field and mapped out a dedicated education and career plan:  
    100% of students went off-site to meet with a highly placed professional in their place of employment and then mapped the education and career plan needed
  • Percentage of students who report an increase in self-confidence and motivation to stay focused on education and career goals.:  
    98% of program participants report an increased in self-confidence, communication skills and the desire to achieve their stated career goals.

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
Excellence Award for Contributions from MC Department of Corrections, 2014


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Future Link is: Less than $500k

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