Paying for College or Trade School


College and Trade school planning from a financial perspective

Interactive, "hands-on" family program-students and parents together

Scholarship, Loan, Job and Budgeting Strategies

Live over Zoom

High school students and their parents or guardians.

Current college students might also find the information helpful.

Five date choices!

Tues. Feb 1, 6:30 PM

Parenting Classes

Raising preteens and teens is tough. Wouldn’t it be great if adults could take a class to learn how to help their kids avoid risky behaviors, all while learning how to say NO to drugs and alcohol? There is! HC DrugFree is pleased to present this popular parenting class for Howard County parents, guardians, and grandparents once again starting February 2, 2022. This program will meet via Zoom for 5 classes (February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults are expected to do their best to attend all 5 sessions. Free, but registration is required. 

Life Skills Classes for Students (FREE!)

HC DrugFree is providing another series of fun and interactive skills-based classes designed to promote positive health and personal development. This curriculum was designed for students in grades 6 to 9. For slightly younger or older students, each request will be considered as space is available, so please register student and wait for a response. Siblings and friends are encouraged to take these classes together. Classes taught by professional staff and older students. Younger students listen to and learn from trusted older students.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Learn to assist a young person, from 12 to 18 years, who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is recommended for adults who interact with youth including teachers, coaches, faith leaders, parents, school staff, and caring community members. Complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course before participating in an instructor-led course virtually via Zoom.  Course includes an electronic manual. Free to community members. ($25 per person for businesses).

April 22, 2022, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation

The Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington (FCCGW) is a non-profit organization pursuing the goals to improve the overall mental health, bonding of family members, and the quality of life of those individuals and families that they belong to. 

We offer a free 15-minute psychiatric telephone consultation with the help of Dr. Han, Soo Woong, a Board Certified in Child/Adolescent and General Psychiatry with more than 40 years of experience in the Washington D.C. area.

BRAINY Research Study

We are seeking children 10-17 years old who recently had a concussion, and children 15-17 who have never had a concussion for a research study online or in-person.

For online visits, the child will complete thinking tests and a motor task. Parent will complete questionnaires sent via email link. Online visits last 1-2 hours. 

No Cost, Home Weatherization Upgrade Grant

This grant will utilize funds to make improvements to your home to help reduce monthly utility bills, improve home comfort and home indoor air-quality, as well as eliminate some health and safety issues. An Energy Assessment is performed on the home to determine what upgrades can be done by the grant to lower the energy bills. Upgrades may include attic insulation, air-sealing, duct-sealing, replacement or repair to cooling and heating equipment or water heaters, or replacement of older, non-energy star appliances. The grant pays the cost of the energy assessment and the upgrades. 

Howard County Food Bank

The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) provides access to nutritious food through the operation of its Howard County Food Bank and the support  food pantries throughout Howard County, as well as by assisting clients with their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) applications. In addition, CAC operates a Community Garden, which provides locally grown, organic produce to clients of the Howard County Food Bank.