Working with partners at the YWCA and Independence High School in New York, the Services to Youth Facet provides a pathway to success for high school students. Independence High School is a public high school designed to help students who may have reached the age to graduate, but insufficient academic credits to graduate. Many of the students are interested in continuing their education and plan to attend community college as a first step. We have adopted a 3 prong approach to institute a “Life Readiness Program” to assist 20 female students each year.
- Professional Development:Our work supplements the existing academic supports to provide these promising young ladies with the resources and skills they need to finish their academic requirements. We organize and facilitate workshops focused on writing skills, public speaking, networking, business etiquette, financial literacy and career awareness and exploration.
- Social Enrichment:A range of enrichment and programming opportunities for the young women from attending Broadway plays to participating in college fairs. This year we are implementing a mentoring component to our program whereby our members will serve as mentors to the young ladies.
- Community Engagement: While improving their academic and social skills is important, we want the students to become engaged in their communities. The students participate in a Community Activism Day at the Brennan Center For Social Justice and visit the United Nations to exposure them to an intergovernmental organization that promotes international co-operation.
For decades the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Incorporated awards scholarships to young women of African-American descent to assist in their undergraduate studies. The scholarship award recipients have attended college and universities across the country including Adelphi University, Cornell University, Wheaton College, University of Bridgeport, and University of Pennsylvania.
In honor of the 65th Anniversary of the Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in May, 2015, we awarded two $6,500 scholarships. These awards were distributed in conjunction with the New York Urban League (NYUL). Greater New York Chapter partners with NYUL to provide internships and scholarship administration to the awardees.