Programs

Chapter awards and highlights

  • Won First-Place Program Award and Stipend for our Umbrella Program (“Inspiring, Enriching and STEAMulating Tomorrow’s Leaders”) at the Southern Area Conference of The Links, Inc. in Atlanta, GA (2015-2017 Biennium).
  • Selected as a “Best Practice” Program for Umbrella Programming by the Southern Area Program Team of The Links, Inc. (2015-2017 Biennium).
  • Received a stipend from the National Society of Black Engineers (“NSBE”) for chartering and advising a NSBE, Jr. chapter at M. Agnes School (2017).
  • Won Third-Place Program Award and Stipend in the Services to Youth Facet at the Southern Area Conference of The Links, Inc. in Birmingham, AL (2013-2015 Biennium).
  • Selected as a “Best Practice” Program in the Services to Youth Facet by the Southern Area Program Team of The Links, Inc. (2013-2015 Biennium).
  • Won the esteemed “A+ Award” from the Metro Atlanta Chamber Partners for Education for our chapter’s partnership with M. Agnes Jones School (2014). This award “recognizes those heroes who exemplify outstanding partnerships between businesses and education.”
  • Received the Shining Star Volunteer Award from M. Agnes Jones School (2014).
  • Article published about our chapter’s STEAM programming in the Atlanta Daily World newspaper (2014).
  • Selected as a “Best Practice” Program in the Services to Youth Facet by the National Program Team of The Links, Inc. (2014-2016 Biennium).

Facet Programs

Services to Youth:

Email: youth@dogwoodcitylinks.org

The Links, Incorporated focuses on providing a range of innovative, substantive and sustainable Pre-K- 16 programming which contributes proven results to key educational or social/community issues.

  • Current Chairs 
    • Zerita Buchanan & Whitney Judson
  • Current Projects
    • Saturday Academy — The Dogwood City Chapter of The Links, Inc. presents our 2021 “Saturday Academy”
      Theme – “Health Equity and Social Justice Reform” – We want to enlighten the scholars to the overlap of health inequity and social justice reform. African Americans don’t have complete trust in the government so we’re not inclined to get a vaccine when it becomes available. Some would argue that this further perpetuates the health disparity in the African American community. The mistrust is founded in events like the Tuskegee experiments, and others. (begin in 2003)
    • Reading Rams – An educational partnership between the Dogwood City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and students at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School to build strong literacy skills and a love of reading at the elementary school level.

The Arts:

Email: art@dogwoodcitylinks.org

The Links, Incorporated has a strong and rich record of support for the performing and visual arts, especially where it focused on the presentation of artists of color.

  • Current Chairs & Contact Information
  • Current Projects

MODA Virtual Field Trip – an annual field trip to the Museum of Design ATLANTA in partnership with M Agnes Jones Elementary School geared to expose 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students to hands on artistic design experiences and thinking with Science, Technology, Engineering and Arts learning objectives.

National Poster Arts Contest – an annual poster arts contest in partnership with M Agnes Jones Elementary School geared to encourage, reward and celebrate students artistic talents while facilitating their exploration of various social, cultural and economic themes.

Intergenerational Quilting Project (SA Initiative), Connecting the Threads, virtual session on history on quilt making. Sisters will make a chapter quilt.

 

National Trends and Services:

Email: ntrends@dogwoodcitylinks.org

The Links, Incorporated focuses on eliminating disparities to reduce barriers to services through leadership, education, and service. The mission of this facet is to empower the membership to effectively empower the various communities served.

  • Current Chairs 
  • Current Projects

Voter Registration – Initiative to support National Voter Registration Month.  Provide ease and support to solicit and register voters within communities identified with low registration.

Voter Education -Initiative to educate our young voters about on the issues and platforms relevant for our communities as well as what they are interested in so they become committed and informed voters.

Foreverfamily Outreach – Partnership between the Dogwood City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and Foreverfamily  to provide nutritional snacks, thanksgiving turkeys, and Christmas gifts/gift certificates to families and caregivers of incarcerated women.

Career Center w/Metro Transitional Center– In partnership with Forever family providing Career Guidance via Resume Writing Interviewing skills, etc. to women within the Metro Transitional Center as they position to re-enter the workforce. Fall Session, 11.12.2020 and spring session

Healthy Homestead, (Truist Grant) – Three series webinar on 1.16.2021 that will educate community on importance of home ownership. Truist Grant (Healthy Homestead) will partner with Westside Future Fund, will have a tour of the area on Friday, 10.23 where we want to reach.

Webinar is MLK Weekend on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Seminar will cover- Barriers to Home Ownership, Government Grant Programs, and Estate Planning

International Trends and Services:

Email: itrends@dogwoodcitylinks.org

The Links, Incorporated has a mission through it’s Global Trilogy of International Trends and Services, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and the Signature Program, “Education Across the Miles” to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world.

  • Current Chairs & Contact Information
  • Current Projects
    • Cameroon Survival Kits – Donating 300 COVID-19 survival kits to area.
    • Education Initiatives
      • STEM across the Water– An education partnership with the Fourteen District of the African American Episcopal Church, providing laboratory needs will allow high school students an opportunity to fully experience science in an interactive and creative means- (send funds)Books for Africa- A literacy initiative designed to support women, children and families in various African countries.
    • Health Initiative
      • LinksHelp for Humanity will provide needed aid to the Bahamian islands that were ravaged by hurricane Dorian.Donation of Canes to Africa

Health and Human Services:

Email: health@dogwoodcitylinks.org

The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. This new facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiatives already in existence.

  • Current Chairs & Contact Information
  • Current Projects
    • 75 Million Steps Challenge
    • Bosom Buddies– partner with sisters for mammograms
    • Keep It Moving- K.I.M.– Over 10yrs ago Keep It Moving (KIM) began as an annual signature Dogwood City event in the community. The KIM program has grown from an annual community event to a multi-session series of events at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School. The purpose of KIM is to combat childhood obesity by providing exposure to healthy lifestyle practices. Each of the multi-session series of events includes interactive sessions to encourage children to get active and stay active daily and to make healthy food choices. KIM provides exposure to M. Agnes Jones Elementary School After-School program students to a healthy snack and interactive session focused on an aspect of healthy living.