INTERNATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES
The Links, Incorporated has a mission through it’s Global Trilogy of International Trends and Services, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and the Signature Program, “Education Across the Miles” 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. San Jose has also adopted the Lost Boys of Sudan and promote the national programs for Mama Kits and support some of the needs of local schools built in Africa by the Links Inc.
NATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES
The National Trends and Services, seeks to focus on “national trends” to plan “services” that will make an impact on our communities, it is clear that racial and ethnic disparities are the underlying factors that lead to those issues of concern identified and addressed by our programming. More specifically, our efforts will be driven by disparities; political, educational, social, and economical, on a local and national level, which impacts and affects our community. We will streamline and align our efforts to improve the lives of African American Women and Youth.
SERVICES TO YOUTH
A range of innovative, substantive and sustainable Pre-K-16 programming which contributes proven results to key educational or social/community issues. The San Jose Links are a partner with the Santa Clara Alliance of Black Educators and with The Arts programs.
Presently, there are three programs in The Arts as follows:
The Arts on the Move: Link Sisters in Cinema program creates dialogue, which sparks action for upward mobility among all people of color, and dispels existing myths about people of color.
Project Walking Fete:
Make Health a Habit! Poster Art Contest has encouraged teaching the importance of lifetime physical activity, particularly walking to children, youth and adults of color since 1995.
The Signature Arts Program
Classics Through the Ages focuses on classical arts education in the performing arts, visual arts, film, literature, and theatre for youth of color through programming, hands- on learning, and mentoring. It speaks to the artistic development of promising young artists of color and utilizing their talents to promote art education.
The Links, Incorporated has a strong and rich record of support for the performing and visual arts, especially where it focused on the presentation of artists of color. Annual support for The Dallas Black Dance Theater and our annual Spring Youth Recital for students help promote local achievement in the arts in the Silicon Valley.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated can play a significant role in providing it. The areas of emphasis are cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and organ, tissue and blood donation.