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


  • Number of bachelor's degrees or higher earned by Future Link students:   66
  • Number of associate degrees earned by Future Link students:   95
  • Number of internships over the last 3 years:   90
  • Number of scholarships granted over the last 3 years:   158
  • Number of mentors trained:   105

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

Press

  • 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.

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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