About Us

Organization Name: Family Learning Solutions (FLS), Inc.

Federal Tax ID: 31-1508709 * I.R.S. approved 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization

Program Name: STUDENT2STUDENT2SUCCEED, ROYALS, I AM COLLEGE READY

 

TARGETED POPULATION/BENEFICIARIES 

New American/Immigrant youth and American-born youth residing in Montgomery County. All services are currently provided at Gaithersburg High School and Neelsville Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland. 150 students directly benefit from FLS programs. Entire school communities and families indirectly benefit (younger siblings and student peers not enrolled in program) as well.

OUTCOMES

Since FLS launched college readiness programming:

  • over 300 youth reached 100% high school graduation

  • less than 1% remained active in gangs and/or involved in juvenile justice system

  • 75% students enrolled in college

  • 60% graduated college within 5 year period

  • 85% improvement in attendance per school year

  • 80% improvement in report card grades per school year

  • 80% improvement in behavior during the school day per school year

  • 100% improved knowledge of health and career skills per school year

PARTNERS

The (IAMCR) program collaborates with the following groups:

  • Montgomery County Public School System (space, outcomes data, referrals, school staff)

  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (funding)

  • Howard University, Montgomery County Community College, University of Maryland (career speakers, evaluation)

SERVICES

Services provided free of charge to participants include: 

  • Group Mentoring
  • Group Tutoring
  • Career Development
  • Career Speakers Series
  • Community Service
  • College Admissions Support
  • Social Skills Development
  • After-School Snacks
  • Student Internships and Career Training
  • Please consider making a tax-deductible charitable donation to Family Learning Solutions, Inc. to fund activities and/or services including:

    • CAREER DEVELOPMENT (Student Scholarships and Stipends) * COLLEGE VISITS* SNACKS and ART/SCHOOL SUPPLIES ** VIDEO PRODUCTION

    • I AM College READY Expansion to additional school sites

      History and Mission of Family Learning Solutions (FLS), Inc.
      Founded in 1997 by Dr. Lori Melman, LCSW-C, to address gaps in academic achievement and supportive services to residents of Montgomery County, Maryland, FLS implemented a comprehensive youth development program at a housing community to provide effective academic, enrichment and supportive services in a physically accessible location, which ensured accessibility to the “hardest to reach” and “most in need” youth and families. Since 2007, Dr. Melman implemented a model of group mentoring at high schools that relied on a mixed student design; that is older and same-age peers of various strengths receive the same intervention and mentor each other. These students are performing community service through their support to their peers. Older students teach college readiness programming via the peer-leadership-mentoring model to high-school students enrolled in Montgomery County public schools, at their school. Delivering services at the school location, ensures access to all youth (youth without transportation and limited parent availability).

      The ultimate purpose of the FLS mission is to improve "the classroom's capability" to improve academic and social skills among participants to the level necessary for productive and self-sufficient adult living.

      I AM College READY (IAMCR) is the outcome of 30 years of delivering peer-led group mentoring and tutoring services to over 1000 high school graduates and college enrolled youth from Montgomery County, Maryland.

      Our Peer Mentoring Model and I AM College READY

      A Model for attaining Positive School Climate, Academic Improvement and College Admission

      The Peer Mentoring Model is a proven effective peer-led or peer-to-peer mentoring-tutoring model, which partners successful high school students with peers to support academic development and post-secondary enrollment/goals, career attainment. Because of peer leadership and support throughout the school day and school year, fellow students are empowered to attend programming in high school and develop the confidence to aim for higher education. Parents are informed about the realistic options available and are able to support their children’s efforts at attaining college or post-high school educational training.

      Investment/Outcomes Ratio

      I AM COLLEGE READY