Beginning February 20, 2011 and Ongoing
The James River Valley Chapter of The LINKS, Incorporated donated business attire to the Virginia Union University's Career Services Career Closet. Some of the students who benefited from the Career Closet presented roses to Link Cheryl Perkins, Chapter Chair of HBCU Initiative and Link Joyce Lanier, President of the James River Valley Chapter.
The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services.
Services to Youth
The Links, Incorporated’s Services to Youth facet is an integrated approach to preparing young people to succeed in the 21st century workforce.
The primary goals of this facet are to: Promote early literacy; Implement local mentoring programs from kindergarten through college; Close the academic achievement gaps from kindergarten through college; Introduce and support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education and career readiness; Implement college readiness programs; Increase high school and college graduation rates; Award college scholarships and build educational endowments; Promote and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Through the Arts facet, Links are creating and supporting opportunities for educating minority youth in the arts and presenting and supporting performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in a diversity of disciplines.
The GOAL of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity, and elevate our programs through arts integration and effectively create an arts renaissance within our organization and programmatic efforts.
National Trends and Services
The VISION of the National Trends and Services facet is to eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education, and service. Our MISSION is to empower our chapters to effectively empower the communities in which we work. Our GOALS include increasing the number of sustainable and measurable programs; increasing collaborative partnerships; and extending our existing initiatives to include communities identified as having the greatest need.
International Trends and Services
The mission of the International Trends and Services facet is to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. All programmatic components of the facet are delivered through measurable and sustainable service delivery methods that reach women and their families.
The foremost goal of the International Trends and Services facet is to provide opportunities for tangible service in other countries. Our "boots on the ground" approach provides for more personalized methods for assisting and improving the lives of women, children and men worldwide
Health and Human Services
The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. This new facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiatives already in existence. With the expansion of partnerships with national health agencies, and more definitive structure and support for our health related signature programs, our mission can flourish.
The mission of the Health and Human Services facet 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.