Participants begin the program during their summer before entering ninth grade at either North or South Hagerstown high schools. They do jobs such as landscaping, painting and janitorial-type cleaning at local schools. They also have daily math classes.
"They're a real smart bunch of students," said Priscilla Lachance, who was overseeing a half dozen students planting flowers around the Career Studies Center south of Hagerstown.
One student stood off from a landscape he helped preen, a job that required turning the soil, laying mulch and placing new flowers where weeds once ruled.
During the summer, students learn the significance of attendance because they are paid $4.75 an hour, which Lochbaum said builds in their minds a direct connection between education and work opportunities.
The program follows students throughout their high school years with tutoring, counseling and mentoring.
Upperclassmen can get college scholarships for helping those in the Tomorrow program. Lochbaum said the scholarships are an incentive for college-bound students to share their skills and enthusiasm for academics.
But Lochbaum said the program's adult mentoring component is in need of help.
With a total of 135 students at North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high schools, and only a handful of career mentors on the roster, the program is seeking help from local businesses.
Lochbaum said anyone from journalists to construction workers are needed to work with a student, and develop a relationship that can grow into the future.
"We are looking for CEOs willing to free up staff for an hour a week to meet with students and start a relationship which can go someplace," Lochbaum said.
Lochbaum said anyone interested in participating may call him at 301-791-4171.