January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month. A mentor guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. You can download the National Mentoring Partnership’s Toolkit, and view our Mentoring Resource Guide.  Our partners at MENTOR Maryland | DC and Mentor National offer these resources to support your program, learn about key topics and  find trainings. Visit our local mentoring programs to enroll directly as a mentor, or seek information on how to receiving mentoring

FREE Recreation Center Membership Passes in 2023

Montgomery County Recreation fitness passes for exercise enthusiasts will be free for County residents in 2023. The free pass provides access to fully-equipped fitness rooms, open gym (drop-in) activities, and game rooms at any Community Recreation Center during regularly scheduled hours.

To apply for a fitness pass, visit a center location. Proof of residency (a photo ID with an address or a photo ID and a current utility bill) must be provided to qualify for the free pass. Please note, youth ages 14-15 with a valid resident youth pass are able to use a fitness room only when accompanied by a parent/guardian with a valid fitness pass. The fitness pass does not include access to aquatic centers.

Montgomery County Residents

Ages Pass Fee
Ages 16 and older Fall-A-Days | Through the end of 2022 $20
Ages 16 and older 2023 Fitness Pass FREE


Ages Pass Fee
Ages 16 and older One month $20
Ages 16 and older Six months $80
Ages 16 and older One year $150
mNon-County residents can purchase a pass for $20 for one month, $80 for six months and $150 for one year. Visit the website for more information.

Under 21 Substance Use Prevention Mini Grant Application for FY 2023

The Collaboration Council announces the availability of FY23 Under 21 Mini-Grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that address the illegal and underage use, misuse and overuse of substances that include, but are not limited to, alcohol, opioids and other prescription drugs. Applications are due November 14, 2022 by midnight.

Funding comes from the Montgomery County Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

For complete details and to download the Mini-Grant Application Announcement please click here.
Please direct all questions to info@collaborationcouncil.org.

Deadline for submitting questions is November 14, 2022, 4:00 p.m. Include FY23 Under 21-Mini-Grant in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Announcing Request for Proposals # 2023-77 Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach

Request for Proposals # 2023-77 Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach  

Proposals # 2023-77

Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach

Issue Date: September 7, 2022

Questions submitted in writing by September 19, 2022

Deadline for Submission of Proposals: October 7, 2022 5:00 p.m.

No submissions will be accepted after this date and time, 2022


Purpose of Solicitation:


The Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a qualified vendor to

1) deliver care coordination services to families in the County that maintain high fidelity to the wraparound philosophy and;

2) to develop and maintain a network of service providers to deliver community-based interventions for eligible youth.

Preproposal Conference Dates:

September 22, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm

September 23 ,2022, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Offerors may choose to come to one or both.

All questions (either live or pre-submitted) will be answered at the conferences. Sessions will be recorded and the recording will be shared upon request.

Link for pre-proposal conferences can be attained by emailing meredith.bowers@collaborationcouncil.org with the subject heading: RFP Preproposal Conference Link

Click here for the full RFP

Montgomery Connects – Computer For You Free Computers for Residents

Montgomery County is providing 40,000 Chromebook computers to residents who do not have a computer. Eventbrite is being used to create appointment tickets to manage computer pick-ups.  Every person receiving a computer:
  • Must have an individual appointment to pick-up a computer (appointments are released Sundays at 2:00 pm);
  • MUST APPEAR IN PERSON and show photo ID to pick up the computer;
  • Must have a have a County library card number to create an appointment.
  • Must be a Montgomery County resident at least 7 years old.
  • Must be  able to honestly certify you would not have access to a computer if the County did not provide you one.
There is a limit of one computer per person.  You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen to receive a computer but you must be a Montgomery County resident.  EVERY PERSON, INCLUDING CHILDREN, MUST HAVE THEIR OWN APPOINTMENT AND APPEAR ON THEIR APPOINTMENT DAY IN PERSON WITH ID TO RECEIVE A COMPUTER (For Example:  If a parent wants a computer for the parent and two computers for two children, the parent must make 3 appointments and bring the two children with ID to receive the computers.  If you make an appointment for June 21, you cannot show up on a different day.)  The same person may not register at multiple locations to receive more than 1 total computer.  If all appointments are sold out, new appointments will be released on Sundays at 2pm. Check the Montgomery County website to sign-up and appointment information.  If you need additional information, please read below and then contact us at montgomeryconnects@montgomerycountymd.gov if you still have questions.  Do not use this email to request a computer – click on an available date  under Make Appointment for Computer and complete the Eventbrite to book an appointment. More information

Register Now for the Fall in Person Advancing Youth Development Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County.

Live In-Person Training

September 27th – September 30th

Click here to register today!  

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – Friday, September 30, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM (7 hrs.)

Location: First Floor Conference Room, 1801 Research Blvd. Rockville, MD 20850

Facilitator: Dennis Carter, Senior Director, Community Partnerships, Ramapo Youth Development Institute

Registration for this training closes on Tuesday, September 20th at 3:00 p.m.

  Click here to register


What will participants learn?

In Advancing Youth Development (AYD) courses, participants learn the necessary tools and skills to better engage and support youth. Participants also learn how to help youth navigate and use resources, identify their own strengths, and then define and achieve their goals.


Who Can Attend?

Individuals who work in and for organizations operating programs serving youth in Montgomery County Maryland.

Advancing Youth Development (AYD) Training is an intensive 4-day professional development opportunity for community youth workers who work directly with youth, ages 10 to 24, in school, community or faith-based settings.

Programs and Resources for Parents

MCPS Parent Resources can be found for those families looking for

Summer Programs and Resources for Students

MCPS is planning a wide range of summer programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in summer 2022, at no cost to students. Most programs will span the month of July, with the exception of high school credit courses and the Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) program in Title I elementary schools, which run slightly longer. Generally, in-person programs will take place in the morning, through midday. Afternoon programs sponsored by county and municipal agencies and outside providers will be available in selected schools. For more information, please visit the MCPS Summer Programs webpage or contact your local school.

Montgomery County Recreation offers a wide variety of exciting summer programs throughout the County with an emphasis on safety, convenience, affordability, and most of all fun. We offer a ton of summer programs that are designed to appeal to a variety of campers. With such a broad range of programming, and experienced and innovative staff, there is something for everyone. Check out the Summer Camps Guide

Other summer programs:

  • Online tutoring with MCPS staff and external providers available to all students, on flexible schedules and available 24/7.
  • Summer RISE for rising MCPS juniors and seniors to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer.
  • Montgomery Can Code: Free summer coding camp for middle school students.
  • Other “Out of School Time” program opportunities.
  • Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families (Local Management Board) Seeks Board Members

    The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is Seeking Applications for Community Board Members
    Apply Online at This Link:
    OnBoard2 | Montgomery County MD>
    Please carefully read the new online application instructions at
    Boards, Committees and Commissions – Montgomery County, MD (montgomerycountymd.gov)
    The deadline for application is May 4, 2022
    See full announcement here:  

    Register Now for the Spring Advancing Youth Development Workshops!

    Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County.

    We are excited to offer you the online version of the highly acclaimed Advancing Youth Development Training!

    The Montgomery County Collaboration Council is proud to have trained hundreds of youth development practitioners in the county with the nationally recognized ‘Advancing Youth Development’ training. Typically, the Advancing Youth Development Training is an intensive 4-day in-person training totaling 30 hours. After over a year of developing an online design of the training, the course is now available for youth development professionals to participate in.

    Online Course Format:

    This online AYD course has 6 modules that will be completed every week over 8 weeks. Weekly modules are self-paced (Estimated to be 2-3 hours each). Participants will also engage in a live online session once a week using the Zoom Platform (Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM) beginning March 24, 2022, through May 12, 2022. (7 total) (Please note there will not be a Zoom Session on March 31, 2022)

    This will be an interactive opportunity to engage with other participants on learned material, ask clarifying questions to facilitators, and share experiences relevant to corresponding modules. This session will be facilitated by Dennis Carter. Participants who complete the 6 modules and attend the 7 live online sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Throughout this entire online course, our experts will be available to answer your questions via email or phone.

    What Will Participants Learn?

    This Advancing Youth Development (AYD) online course will give participants the necessary tools and skills to better engage and support youth. Participants will learn how to help youth navigate and use resources, identify their own strengths, and define and achieve their goals.

    Who Should Sign Up? This professional development opportunity is for youth development practitioners who work with youth in schools, nonprofit community organizations, and agencies in Montgomery County, Maryland.

    Register today

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