Spring, 2008 – Future Link incorporates as a 501(c)(3)
- The first Self-Advocacy and Career Development Skills Seminar to be offered in Montgomery County, Maryland is conducted at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. The seminar is modeled after Youth Advocacy Center’s highly successful “Getting Beyond the System: On Your Own as a Young Adult” Seminar, which has been successfully offered to at-risk young adults in cities across the country for the past two decades. Five students complete the Seminar and graduate from the first class.
Summer, 2009 – Seminar offered down-county for the first time at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College.
Fall, 2009 – Future Link conducts two Self-Advocacy and Career Development Skills Seminars in the same semester. Thirteen students complete the Seminar and graduate in the fall.
Spring, 2010 – Future Link adds a career skills assessment conducted by a professional vocational rehabilitation professional to the Seminar. Sixteen students complete the Seminar and graduate in the spring.
Spring, 2011 – Future Link adds Career Immersion Days to the Seminar. The first such Days are hosted by Adventist Hospital and Medimmune Corporation.
Fall, 2011 – Future Link initiates partnership with Montgomery College’s Gateway to College Program and eight Gateway students participate in the Future Link program for the first time. In all, twenty students complete the two Seminar classes and graduate in the fall.
Dec, 2011 – Future Link is awarded a $25,000 grant from the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation to support its Career Immersion Days and a new internship program for current and former Future Link graduates.
Spring, 2012 – Students in two Seminar classes participate in Career Immersion Days hosted by Adventist Hospital and Marriott Corporation.
November 2012 – Students in two Seminar classes participate in a Career Immersion Day hosted by Kaiser Permanente.
– Future Link awarded Collaboration Council’s “Time Well Spent” award.
December 2012 – Future Link is part of a consortium of 5 County nonprofits awarded a $200,000 grant from the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation to address the needs of foster youth through a project of integrated services. The project, “The 3L Academy (Live,Learn,Lead)”, serves approximately 25 youth, ages 18 – 24. strong
August 2012 – Future Link adds a second staff position, Director of Student Support Services and Community Engagement.
December 2013 – Twenty five students graduate the Self-Advocacy Skills and Career Development Seminar.