Services to Youth
Services to Youth is focused on ensuring youth are academically successful and engaged in healthy lifestyles. Our transformational programming in the areas of early literacy, STEM, and HBCU’s are responsive to the academic, health, cultural, social awareness, career development, and mentoring needs of youth.
Early Literacy Initiative - The Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated, through its partnership with Books Alive! For Kids® have successfully worked with chapters to reduce childhood illiteracy, teach resilience, and stimulate a love for learning with all our senses.
STEM Initiative - STEMulating Young Minds for Success prepares youth for STEM related college programs and careers across all grade levels.
STEM Toolkit & Assessment to assist chapters with planning and implementing STEM programs/initiatives.
Video Vignette Mentoring Series
Partnership with Black Girls Code
Corporate Sponsorship Package to assist chapters with soliciting funds to strengthen community partnerships and fundraising
New Normal City: Art Six Feet Apart Program
HBCU Initiative –A four prong approach to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates at HBCU’s.
Recruitment – Increase virtual and in-person college fair engagement through
collaboration with Malcolm Bernard College Fair
Retention – Raised $175,000 in two years through the #EAHOMECOMING
Giving Campaign. Launched the Eastern Area Scholars Program on all Eastern Area HBCU campuses.
Resources – Toolkit and Quick Facts Guide, Scholarship and Internship Guides,
and Video Vignettes
Strategic Partners & Collaborations – Partnership with Malcolm Bernard College Fair,
Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Diageo, and HBCU’s in the Eastern Area
Eastern Area STEM Roadmap
The Eastern Area STEM Roadmap is a flexible planning technique to support strategic and long-range planning, by matching short-term and long-term goals with specific STEM programming solutions. It is also expected that road mapping techniques may help chapters to survive in dynamic environments and help them to plan in a more holistic way to include non-financial goals and drive towards a more sustainable program. The STEM Roadmap also provides a framework to help plan and coordinate the maturation and evolution of chapter STEM programming over time. For more information on how to use the Eastern Area STEM Roadmap, contact Link Stacey G. Mangham, Chair by sending an email to EALinksSTEM@gmail.com.
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Eastern Area STEM Toolkit
The Eastern Area STEM Toolkit is a manual to help Eastern Area chapters and STEM leaders to create, operate and sustain STEMulating programs for youth we serve. The STEM toolkit is a framework containing best practices for Eastern Area STEM volunteers and mentors. It is also a guide designed to establish a foundation for strong volunteer and mentor relationships with STEM professionals. The STEM Toolkit contains a roadmap designed to help chapters determine their STEM programming maturity level and an assessment guide to characterize current programming levels and identify tasks required to enhance programming. Created with the Eastern Area tenants of “Collaborate, Communicate and Celebrate” in mind, the contents of the EA STEM Toolkit enable our members to excel in raising awareness of STEM, STEM careers and STEM role models in order to help create a pipeline filled with tomorrow’s STEM professionals. For more information on the Eastern Area STEM Toolkit, contact Link Colena Johnson Kemp by sending an email to email@example.com.
Eastern Area STEM Assessment Guide
The Eastern Area STEM Assessment Guide is designed to provide a mechanism to assess your existing STEM learning opportunities and assets, determine where your chapter is on the STEM Roadmap, identify next steps to move along the pathway and develop your STEM program plan. By completing the Eastern Area STEM Assessment, you and your chapter members are furthering your commitment to helping young people engage in STEM learning. For more information on the Eastern Area STEM Assessment Guide, contact Link Stacey G. Mangham, Chair by sending an email to EALinksSTEM@gmail.com.
STEM Assessment Guide
Eastern Area STY Video Vignettes
The Eastern Area Services To Youth Facet seeks to:
Establish an initial foundation for the video vignette series
Provide a framework for chapters to identify role models that supplement current or new
EA Links-related mentoring programs with a vignette series
Highlight role models who are leaders in STEM, graduates of HBCUs, HBCU students,
mentoring leaders or beneficiaries of mentoring, including:
Connecting Links and Heir-O-Links
Family Members and Friends
Youth thriving in STEM
Successful HBCU Graduates
The Eastern Area STY Facet looks forward to the participation of all Eastern Area chapters.
Through the STY Video Vignette series, Eastern Area Chapters and members are requested to submit Video Vignettes that inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM to the designated STEM Drive for Videos. Instructions are contained in the documents provided here. Submissions of Video Vignettes should be accompanied by a Public Information Release Form. Also, questions that should be answered during the video are provided to assist in completion of the 2 minute video. For more information on the Eastern Area STY Video Vignette Series, contact Link Pamela A. Walker by sending an email to PAWalker1@charter.net.
Black Girls Code
The Eastern Area STEM Initiative Committee has established a five-phase partnership with Black Girls Code to help fill the pipeline with girls of color. As part of the partnership, our members are encouraged to volunteer to serve during BGC events at one of three BGC virtual event locations. Also, members are encouraged to invite students that we mentor to participate in BGC virtual events.
The vision and overview of Black Girls Code is described below.
Vision: To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.
Overview: Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops, after school programs, and summer camp opportunities, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails.
To learn more about Black Girls Code, go to: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/.
To volunteer to serve one of three Links-BGC City Teams, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040544a5a72fa46-eastem.
Services to Youth Committee
Crystal Davis, Chair, Yvonne Brandon, Co-Chair, Dawn Ray, Tree Carter,
Dana Davis Mitchell, Pat Hawkins Fisher, Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn , Worokya Duncan
Olivia Baxter, Chair, Barbara Martin, Co-Chair, Robin Williams, Co-Chair, Diane Turner,
Mynetta Edwards, Depelsha McGruder, Yolanda Holmes, Kelly Harvey Viney, Tarrye Venable
STEM Initiative Committee
Stacey Mangham, Chair, Catherine Manning Adams, Co-Chair,
Cheri Amado, Co-Chair, Colena Johnson Kemp, Pamela Walker