For many young adults, 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 roughly 300 of Montgomery Countyís most vulnerable youth, helping them navigate the path to a promising career. The intensive two-year program begins with a 15-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 86% 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.
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
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- The current budget for Future Link is: Less than $500k
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