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Programs

Dive into a spectrum of initiatives that embody our commitment to service, culture, and community. From education to empowerment, each program reflects our mission to make transformative impacts. Explore, engage, and be inspired by the difference we're making together, intentionally.

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Intentional Focus

Services to Youth Facet

Links Connected To Prepare Our Youth For Success

Services to Youth programs are designed to empower black youth to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to become successful and productive citizens.

Area Intentional Focus

 
I READ, YOU READ, WE READ TOGETHER​

Nearly two-thirds of kids couldn’t read on grade level nationwide. Now teachers are seeing students who are even further behind because of COVID-19 disruptions, especially those from low-income families. The pandemic worsened racial and ethnic gaps as well. Some estimate that U.S. students lost the equivalent of almost half a school year of reading instruction. (New York Times).

Focus:

  • Address the looming academic need to close the achievement gap in reading amongst children of color. The focus will be on elementary-aged children in third through fifth grade. Chapters are encouraged to continue working with other grade levels, but intensive focus should be on upper elementary students (i.e., pandemic babies).

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL LINKED UP MENTORING INITIATIVE

More Intentional Work

  • Links Love HBCUs - "Get in the Game"

  • STEM Ready, NSBE Jr.

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The Arts Facet

Links Connected To Advance Our Artistic Heritage

The Links, Incorporated creates and supports art-related educational opportunities for minority youth as well as presents and supports performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in an array of disciplines. 

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Area Intentional Focus

 
OVERTURE: A LOOK INSIDE OPERA

 

Focus:

  • Afford gifted student artists opportunities to hone their talents in opera education and careers.

  • Showcase Black excellence in opera to encourage African-American representation on and offstage.

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL SIGNATURE PROGRAM CLASSICS THROUGH THE AGES

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: OUR STORIES, OUR LENS

 

Focus:

  • Uplift African American storytelling and our rich cultural history through Black filmmakers.

  • Support and elevate Black stories told by Black filmmakers.

  • Expand the pipeline of Black filmmakers.

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL PILOT PROGRAM TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES THROUGH VISUAL ARTS​

 

GRANDMA’S HANDS - STORYTELLING THROUGH QUILTING (Collaborative Projects)

Focus:

  • QUILTING BY THE NUMBERS - A STEMREADY APPROACH (in collaboration with Services to Youth)

    • Integrate hands-on visual arts activities with STEM. 

    • Bridge STEM to STEAM by incorporating multigenerational quilting activities to help realize STEAM goals. 

    • Help develop computational, analytical, and creative thinking skills.

  • QUILTS FOR KEEPS - Member Designed Quilts for the BAHAMAS Scholars: Intentional Living Project (in collaboration with International Trends and Services)

    • Link friends work together on twin-size inspirational quilts to be given to girls living in the Bahamas Links Dormitory.

    • Empower young women through the stories woven in the quilts.

    • Provide a keepsake of historical significance.

More Intentional Work

  • Young Master Writers Project​

  • National Poster Arts Competition

National Trends and Services Facet

Links Connected To Advocate For Our Communities

Through  National Trends and Services, our chapters are empowered to raise their voices and transform communities by reducing barriers to resources through advocacy, education, and service. 

Area Intentional Focus

 
SOUTHERN AREA VOTER ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM (SAVE)

 

Focus:

  • According to Pew Research Center data, voter turnout in the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections was high. 

  • However, voter turnout was lowest in the South and among black and brown voters.

  • Before the 2022 mid-term elections, the Campus Vote Project states that HBCU student voting decreased by 10.6%.

  • The Southern Area chapters will engage in social action by registering, educating, and mobilizing 25,000 young voters in the Southern Area.

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL SOCIAL ACTION INITIATIVE'S LINK UP THE VOTE PROGRAM

More Intentional Work

  • Dressing Her from the Inside Out

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL DRESSING HER FROM THE INSIDE OUT INITIATIVE

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International Trends and Services Facet

Links Connected For Global Impact

The International Trends and Services Facet is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people of African descent worldwide.

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Area Intentional Focus

 
BAHAMAS SCHOLARS: INTENTIONAL LIVING PROJECT

Focus:

Together we will support the renovation and operations of a new dormitory under the auspices of the Nassau (BAHAMAS) Chapter that will house up to 18 young women in pursuit of their education at the University of the Bahamas.

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ACROSS THE MILES SIGNATURE PROGRAM AND LINKSHELP FOR HUMANITY​

More Intentional Work

  • Watford Elementary School, Jamaica

  • L.I.F.E. Signature Program

Health and Human Services Facet

Links Connected to Promote Black Family Wellness

The Health and Human Services Facet provides programming opportunities that respond to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry.

Area Intentional Focus

(HHS)

THE EMERALD PLATE

Focus:

  • We will  improve obesity rates by increasing access and assisting with resources to help people grow, sell, and consume high-quality, nutritious food in their own 

  • community.  We will explore:

  • Supporting farming programs and access to food markets.

  • Encouraging healthy food choices using behavioral design practices.

  • Promoting Family Activity Days.

  • Fostering gardening as an economic and health means of preventing obesity.

  • Supporting educational studies in related Food Science fields.

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL SUPPORTING PROGRAM - CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION

More Intentional Work

  • Heart Links/Walk for Healthy Living

  • Links in Pink 2.0: Fight Like a Link

MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
Area Intentional Focus
 
Signature Mental Health Initiative:
Links P.O.W.E.R.

Focus:

  • Incorporate mental wellness into all aspects of chapter programming

  • Collaboration with each facet and other chapter committees

  • Links sisters, Chapters, and Communities

  • Multigenerational approach

ALIGNED WITH THE NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

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