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mentors400x267Montgomery College and Future Link, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, recently entered into a formal collaboration to boost the educational success of young adults in our county.

The Future Link program is designed for students aged 18 to 25 who may lack access to resources. Participants receive individualized support, and must complete a 14-week seminar on self-advocacy, career development, and workforce skills.

Students are then connected with a mentor and receive continued support, such as scholarships, internships, and workshops. This partnership helps us to empower even more students to change their lives.

The overall goal is to support students to get to and through college and then also into their initial careers. A number of Montgomery College staff, faculty, and administrators serve as volunteer mentors for Future Link.

Montgomery College supports its partnership with Future Link by providing meeting space, mentors, and financial aid workshops to the participants.

Future Link currently enrolls 90 young adults in its seminar each year (three classes of 15 each in the fall and spring semesters) and serves anywhere from 60 to 90 seminar alumni annually with its post-seminar support program. Future Link directly and intensively serves 150-180 students annually.

To apply to participate in Future Link, contact Kristin Trible, Director of Student Support Services ktrible@futurelinkmd.org or call her at 301-346-3463.