Our national partners are passionate about their involvement with The Links, Incorporated and play a crucial role in helping to support the overall work and mission of our organization. Partnering for the betterment of our communities, our national partners support us in executing, upholding and fulfilling the mission, vision and goals of our five facets. These relationships, with defined objectives and outcomes, help extend The Links, Incorporated to extend our reach and enhance our service to our community.
AARP Links Academy
The Links, Incorporated is partnering with AARP to implement the “AARP Links Academy.” This innovative, comprehensive program provides tools and resources to support African-American women who are either preparing for life as they age or are currently dealing with the aging process. The program includes components for preventative measures during each specific life stage and provides health, wellness and financial support and services to the 50+ community. The program is being implemented in eight target markets: Chicago, IL, Dayton, OH, New York, NY, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL, and San Antonio, TX.
Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1.) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement; 2.) influencing public policy; 3.) generating knowledge; and, 4.) engaging the public. Five chapters of The Links, Incorporated will pilot a program within the Achieving the Dream Network of over 150 institutions to assist the colleges in meeting national goals for attainment of higher education credentials.
Africare is committed to being the premier Africa-focused non-governmental organization (NGO) working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities, and to be a leading voice addressing African development and policy issues. In partnership, The Links, Incorporated and Africare address the dire need for adequate maternal/ child health care in Liberia. Through the construction of a Maternal Waiting Home and distribution of postnatal Mama Kits in rural Bong County, The Links, Incorporated and Africare strive to provide a clean and safe environment for expectant mothers, and alleviate the complications and health issues mothers and newborns face.
Through our national sponsorship with Ally Financial, The Links, Incorporated implements the Wallet Wise financial literacy program. The Wallet Wise program is aimed at helping people make better financial decisions by providing them with information about budgeting, credit reports, and credit scoring as well as providing other tools in an effort to assist them in making informed financial choices. Chapters conduct Wallet Wise workshops using the curriculum developed by Ally Financial. The curriculum includes classroom and online modules and is being implemented in thirty-four target markets. A youth component to compliment the Wallet Wise program is under development.
Colgate Palmolive’s initiative Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® is among the most far-reaching, successful children’s oral health programs in the world providing children and their families with free dental screenings and oral health education. The cornerstone of Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® is its award winning educational curriculum that is utilized by our chapters. Developed by global experts, Colgate’s multi-cultural education materials help illustrate how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
The NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized civil rights organization and has championed the causes of the disenfranchised since its founding in 1909. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all persons and to fundamentally impact that voting has on the quality of life for all citizens. Because of a joint commitment to equal rights and social justice and the significant community impact that could be made through the magnitude of combined resources, together The Links, Incorporated and the NAACP addressing social justice issues that affect African Americans and people of color in the United States.
National Society of Black Engineers
With more than 31,000 members around the world, the National Society of Black Engineers is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. In partnership, The Links, Incorporated and NSBE leverage their common efforts, respective resources, and expertise to promote and facilitate STEM education and career readiness for minority students in K-college served by chapters of The Links, Incorporated.
Partnership for a Healthier America
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. The Links, Incorporated and the Partnership for a Healthier America share common priorities and interests in reaching Americans with important messages related to childhood obesity. This strategic partnership will help both our organizations achieve the shared mission and commitment of building healthier lives.
National Dental Association
The National Dental Association is a professional association of minority dentists, working to promote oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities. The NDA partners with The Links, Incorporated and assists chapters with dental health programs to educate adults and children about the importance of good oral health. NDA also helps to identify dentists in local communities to participate in screening events for chapters and their communities.
Program collaborators help expand the positive impact The Links, Incorporated makes by supporting specific initiatives that the organization conducts in our communities across the nation and abroad. These cooperative relationships support our programmatic agenda on a local, area and/or national level. Together, we work toward a common goal – bettering the lives of those we serve.
This first of-its-kind health collaboration with the Mayo Clinic is a community engagement and education initiative to reduce health disparities in our communities through research partnerships. Another key aspect of the collaboration is the educational programming, focused on preventing cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and obesity and encouraging organ transplant registration.
The Heart Truth™
This is a national campaign that aims to increase women’s awareness of heart disease and its dangers. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among African American and Hispanic women. Women of color also have high rates of the major risk factors for this disease including obesity, physical inactivity and high blood pressure. As a partner of The Heart Truth, we are working to spread the message of heart disease prevention to the communities we serve. The Heart Truth, the creators of the Red Dress and the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.