For many young adults, the route from high school to college and career 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 Montgomery County young adults, helping them navigate the path to a promising career. The program begins with a 15-week college-level seminar that empowers students and equips them with essential workplace skills. Next comes a suite of services — mentorships, paid internships, career exploration, scholarships, and professional networks — to help students finish college or trade school and enter the workforce. Impressively, participants hold a 75% academic persistence rate — higher than the county average for similar 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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- The current budget for Future Link is: $500k to $1 million
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