Services To Youth

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Charter member Link Doris Ellison engages with students at ReadLink Library while using newly donated Nook tablets.

An integrated approach to preparing youth for the 21st century workforce

Purpose: The Links, Inc.’s first program facet, Services to Youth, was created to equip African-American children to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to indeed walk with their fellows in leading the way.


  • 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)

National Initiatives: National Mentoring, Young Achievers, S.T.E.M. Education and Career Readiness, National Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Education Linkage, Achieving the Dream, Inc. Partnership

Signature Programs: Links to Success: Children Achieving Excellence (Grades K-3) and Project L.E.A.D. – High Expectations (Grades 4-8)

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