Services to Youth


As the first program facet of the Links, Incorporated, the Services to Youth facet is focused on ensuring our youth are academically successful and engaged in healthy lifestyles. Our transformational programs are responsive to the academic, health, cultural, social awareness, career development, and mentoring needs of youth.

The Services to Youth facet uses an integrated approach to prepare young people to compete in the global workforce and to promote healthy lifestyles within families and communities. In support of The Links’ mission to enrich and enhance the lives of black youth, the primary goals of this facet are to:

  • Close the achievement gap from pre-K through college, with the intent of preparing our youth for the global workforce as healthy citizens

  • Promote the integration of a health and wellness component focused on youth, families and communities in our Services to Youth programs

  • Develop training modules for local pre-K through college mentoring programs, to ascertain a high level of support for youth in our communities

  • Expand and support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and promote the integration of the arts (STEM to STEAM)

  • Promote and support historically black colleges and universities for ensured sustainability


The Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated, through its partnership with Books Alive! For Kids®, will work with chapters to enhance the creative thinking, writing, reading, art and music education of youth in our communities. The Books Alive! For Kids® program is designed to reduce childhood illiteracy, teach resilience, and stimulate a love for learning with all our senses. To learn more about this national award-winning program, click here. To fast-track your early literacy program, click here to begin your subscription. Enter EALINKSLIT at checkout to receive a discount.

The National STEM Education and Career Readiness Initiative was created out of The Links, Incorporated’s dedication to ensuring quality STEM education at all grade levels so that youth may be exposed to and prepared for STEM related careers. By preparing and encouraging students to attend colleges and universities with STEM related programs, The Links, Incorporated equips students of color with the skills to compete and excel in a global workforce that increasingly relies on individuals with STEM related proficiencies.

Through the National STEM Initiative, Links chapters work to:

  • Establish sustainable partnerships with select STEM focused organizations and/or corporations that have national reach, demonstrated results and progressive educational programs

  • Implement STEM educational programming pre-K – 16, including toolkit applications to support The Arts (STEAM) and Health and Human Services facets programming

  • Facilitate mentoring opportunities with STEM professionals and academia with a goal of reducing the attrition rate of college students who pursue and graduate in STEM disciplines

  • Prepare and encourage students to attend community college and/or a four-year college for STEM related educational disciplines

  • Enhance STEM related career opportunities for minority students through scholarships and internships


The Eastern Area of The Links, Incorporated aligns with the National STEM Ready initiatives through the implementation of STEMulating Young Minds for Success programming, which includes a robust partnership with the Arts (STEAM) and a focus on coding via collaboration with Black Girls Code.

HBCU Initiative

The goal of the National HBCU Initiative is to implement and increase the retention and graduation rates of students attending HBCUs. While emphasizing the relevance of HBCUs’ past, present and future, this initiative strives to create synergy and complement program initiatives already underway at schools. The Links, Incorporated supports HBCUs and encourages chapters to:

  • Partner with other national organizations

  • Host HBCU college fairs and other events

  • Mentor and recruit students to attend and graduated from HBCUs

  • Promote and encourage a connection with an HBCU and its STEM programs

  • Identify opportunities to support faculty research and/or professional development

  • Contribute to the sustainability of HBCU institutions via launch of the HBCU #EAHOMECOMING Giving Campaign

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

HBCU Committee

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