The Links support of the arts can be traced to one of its co-founders, Margaret Roselle Hawkins. Her passion for creative expression through art formed the roots and initiatives that led to the establishment of The Arts facet in 1964.
Links Chapters partner with museums, symphonies, arts councils, educational institutes and corporations in order to support art programs, especially where there is a focus on artists of color. Links create and support opportunities for educating and exposing minority youth to performing and fine arts.
Services to Youth Collaborates with The Arts
Services to Youth
Services to Youth seeks to equip youth to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to become successful and productive global citizens. The objective is to implement programs responsive to academics, health, cultural and social awareness, career development and upward mobility. Mentoring is a fundamental approach taken to address needs of today's youth. Goals include:
Closing the achievement gap from pre-K through college, with the intent of preparing youth for the global workforce as healthy citizens
Promoting health and wellness among youth, families and communities
Educating and mentoring through programs that also provide high levels of support for youth in our communities
Expanding and supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and promote the integration of the arts (STEM to STEAM)
Promoting and supporting postsecondary educational opportunities including historically black colleges and universities
National Trends and Services
The vision of the National Trends and Services (NTS) facet is to eliminate disparities and reduce barriers through advocacy, education, and service.
NTS programs serve as a catalyst for change, promoting individual and community empowerment. Our mission is to be empowered as a chapter and to effectively empower the communities in which we work. Our goals include increasing the number of sustainable and measurable programs and initiatives with collaborative partners focusing on communities identified as having the greatest need.
International Trends and Services
Clearly, there is a need to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to strengthen education, health and culture of people of African descent throughout the world.
The foremost goal of ITS is to provide opportunities for tangible service in other countries. Our "boots on the ground" approach provides for personalized methods to assist and improve the lives of women, children and men worldwide through programs committed to empowerment of public policy leadership and social justice advocacy.
Health and Human Services
The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services (HHS) facet in response to the chronic health disparities that result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry.
HHS promotes and facilitates programs that support the maintenance of good health and elimination of chronic health disparities through education, advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. We strive to provide information, mentoring, support, and encouragement.
The Program Committee is responsible for strategically and logistically developing, presenting, and facilitating the Chapter's successful performance of annual service programming. Chapter programs encompass and fulfill goals and objectives of The Links' five program facets, individually or collectively, as umbrella programming.
The Program Committee additionally works in conjunction with the Membership Committee to plan and implement orientation activities for prospective candidates.
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