Kind Scholars connects younger students with older peers, college and post-college career mentors. Kind Scholars utilizes I Am College Ready Solutions (IACRS) social-emotional learning curriculum to support the development of strong social, academic, emotional, and career skills that will be applicable to their secondary and post-secondary educational pursuits. Kind Scholars mentors also implement Food Grown Home STEM curriculum to provide youth with education on healthy eating and urban food growing. A safe, empowering, and supportive environment is provided as students cultivate authentic connections with themselves and others. Our Kind Scholars mentoring program serves youth at the Olde Towne and Robertson Youth Centers in Gaithersburg City as well as Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring, MD.
PEER TO PEER MENTORING AND TUTORING ARE VITAL TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT- Learn more here.
Through Food Grown Home, Family Learning Solutions, Inc. recruits families across Montgomery County to participate in monthly sustainable urban food-growing projects. FGH cohort members receive food-growing supplies as well as curated growing instructions and recipe suggestions at no cost. This initiative aims to promote the incorporation of environmentally-friendly farming practices into Montgomery County’s urban community and increase access to nutrient-dense foods. Food Grown Home projects engage the entire household, utilizing a multigenerational approach with grandparents, parents, and children involved in food-growing that strengthens relationships and produces tangible, delicious food within their household.
In addition to providing horticulture education, Food Grown Home also aims to raise community awareness on the benefits of indoor vertical farming within urban areas and how we can reimagine local food systems to protect our environment. Learn more here!
Tutoring is an extremely critical service, especially to students who have struggled due to COVID-19 and school building closures. In light of the urgent need to address academic readiness, FLS offers one-on-one and group tutoring to students referred by school personnel and juvenile court professionals. Bilingual tutors are available to ensure that students and households who speak English as a second language can easily access our services. We offer our tutoring services at Gaithersburg High School in addition to the Olde Towne and Robertson Youth Centers.
Our Creative Arts Program engages middle and high school students in various activities such as jewelry and lanyard making, facemask decorating, collages, coloring pages, freestyle drawing, and other expressive arts at the Olde Towne Youth Center, Robertson Youth Center, and Briggs Chaney Middle School in Gaithersburg. In addition to cultivating creative outlets for our students to reflect on and express their emotions, this program allows students to destress through artistic means and build relationships with their peers and mentors.