Services to Youth
An integrated approach to preparing youth for the global workforce as healthy citizens. “The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.” Marian Wright Edelman.
Health and Human Services
The Links, Incorporated is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. The adoption of the Childhood Obesity Resolution at the 35th National Assembly in 2006 signified The Links, Incorporated’s recognition of the need for targeted intervention strategies that address and produce sustainable results among African-American children battling obesity.
A new area of interest was added to the national program in 1962. This component was designed to project the Links interest in public affairs, especially those which promote programs that impact the physical, mental, social, environmental and economic well-being of humankind improving self-determination thereby eliminating the reality and perception of second-class citizenship.
We are one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and those of African ancestry.
The work of one of our cultured National co-founders, Margaret Roselle Hawkins, and her passion for creative expression helped in the establishment of The Arts facet in 1964 at the 14th National Assembly. The Links, Incorporated has a strong and rich history of support for the performing and visual arts. From the inception of the organization, The Links have found unique ways to express individual and collective interest in cultural enrichment in our communities.
The Beverly Hills West (CA) Chapter’s Umbrella program falls in alignment with National’s Childhood Obesity Initiative. Our health and wellness program, in partnership with the Inglewood Unified School District is held during the school year at Grace Hopper STEM Academy Charter School located in Inglewood, California. It is an after-the- bell program for youth, ages 10-14 (especially those who are at risk of becoming overweight or are overweight) and is intentionally designed and implemented in response to critical national issues that affect communities of color, such as our crisis in health and education. Additionally, through the collaboration of our chapter’s facets, our program extends throughout the greater Los Angeles and surrounding areas with organized Back To School Health and Wellness Fairs and community forums. Topics such as healthy eating habits, exercise and fitness, mental health and mindfullness, self-esteem, anti-bullying, self-expression and human trafficking awareness are integrated into our umbrella program.
Growing Strong: The Total ME epitomizes the core values of The Links, Incorporated…it’s transformational, utilizes the Service Delivery Model, and addresses the current issues, concerns and needs that impact the lives of a target population within the global community of color.