Family Learning Solutions (FLS) is committed to more than academic success among youth. In partnership with parents, schools, and the community, FLS strives to empower youth to realize their full potential, contribute their voice to the community, and have a strong foundation in knowing their worth.
Family Learning Solutions believes an empathetic approach builds student achievement and long-term life success. Young people and families face many obstacles in today's complicated learning environment and deserve the opportunity to connect to caring mentors, teachers, and social workers within their school community.
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. (FLS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1997 by Dr. Lori Melman, LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). FLS began its mentoring work by implementing a comprehensive youth development program within the Rosemary Hills apartment community in Silver Spring, Maryland. The program offered a satellite counseling center in partnership with George Washington Psy.D program, offering group and individual counseling, an after-school homework club, entrepreneurship classes, summer camp, and a free creative arts and talent show. Proudly, our Alumni are successful business owners, actors, social workers, entertainment industry professionals, sports coaches, and public school employees. All of our current alumni graduated from Montgomery County public schools and participated in FLS "Homework Club" between 1997 - 2007.
Today, Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has built a robust reputation for implementing successful academic interventions across the Montgomery County Public System, operating in schools across the county and providing after-school tutoring and peer-mentoring services to youth in grades K-12. As of January 2021, FLS has also launched an innovative urban food-growing project called Food Grown Home with the mission to increase accessibility to nutrient-dense food and promote sustainable farming strategies that utilize as few resources as possible.
FLS stands with the Black Lives Movement and supports equal access to justice, fairness and opportunity.
FLS is funded by the City of Gaithersburg Community Services Division, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Council, and the Office of County Executive. Grant funding from the Mead Family Foundation, the Takoma Foundation, and the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation support our academic programming and Food Grown Home initiative. The support from our funders allows FLS to continue its commitment to serve all youth in their pursuit of academic and personal excellence.