AmeriCorps, Project Change / University of Maryland / Montgomery College
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has partnered with AmeriCorps, the University of Maryland, and Montgomery College to offer career pathway opportunities into the nonprofit & education sector to young adults pursuing higher education. By serving as mentors and tutors for the Kind Scholars programs, our interns provide essential academic support and improve the college and career readiness of youth as they advance their own career skills.
Audelia Community Response Team (ACRT)
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. works closely alongside ACRT, a Latinx-centered mutual aid project, to connect underserved and marginalized in need to essential clothing, food rescue, and health care services across the Montgomery County and Prince George’s County community.
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has partnered with Clifton Park Baptist Church to provide essential food rescue services for community members in need and raise awareness on the benefit of utilizing hydroponic food-growing technology to increase the sustainability and output of community food systems.
Easterseals Child Development Center, Silver Spring:
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has partnered with the Easterseals Child Development Center of Silver Spring to bring Food Grown Home’s sustainable food-growing projects into pre-k classrooms. Students will be able to participate in hands-on, hydroponic food growing activities such as growing broccoli, radish, and fenugreek sprouts in mason jars, in addition to learning about the process of growing different herbs/produce such as kale, basil, and lettuce through the use and observation of countertop hydroponic growing systems.
In addition to learning about STEM and food-growing concepts, students will have ample opportunities to gain skills in other important areas of development, such as improving their fine motor skills through the use of specific gardening tools and actions such as planting seeds; learning about personal responsibility through the assignment of classroom gardening ‘duties’; expanding their vocabulary in relation to plants, nutrition, and gardening; and enhancing their social skills by learning to take turns, share responsibility, and work together with their classmates to help their plants grow.
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has partnered with FalconVision Tutoring, a student-led organization started by Poolesville High School students that provide free academic tutoring services to elementary, middle, and high school students across the Montgomery County Public Schools system. Our nonprofit status allows us to offer certified volunteer Student Service Learning (SSL) hours to the volunteer high school tutors and staff who offer these critical tutoring services. The mission of FalconVision Tutoring aligns with our goal to empower youth to achieve academic success and we are proud to support the continuation of their services.
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has partnered with Gaithersburg City to support youth throughout the community through tutoring, peer-mentoring, and Food Grown Home STEM educational programming. Activities at Olde Towne and Robertson Youth Centers serve youth attending Gaithersburg city schools including Gaithersburg Middle School and Forest Oak Middle School. These initiatives have been graciously funded by Gaithersburg City, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC).
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has partnered with Metro Green Style to implement the Food Grown Home Project across Montgomery County, Maryland. Sande Lee, the founder of Metro Green Style, works closely with Dr. Lori Melman to offer her expertise on indoor vertical farming and design initiatives that support Food Grown Home’s mission to increase accessibility to urban farming and promote sustainable farming practices.
Wilson Healthcare Center of Asbury Methodist Village:
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. has partnered with the Wilson Healthcare Center at Asbury Methodist Village to incorporate hydroponic food-growing into the activities programming for seniors living with dementia. Through this program, residents have the opportunity to participate in sustainable farming by assisting with the maintenance of hydroponic food-growing technology and the harvest of fresh produce such as leafy greens and herbs. This enriching experience provides residents with a greater sense of purpose, increases access to gardening activities, and has encouraged feelings of excitement and fulfillment.