International Trends & Services
The Links Incorporated has historically focused on addressing educational, financial, social and cultural barriers facing African descendants within and outside of the U.S. We have award winning model programs that address equity and access issues at home and abroad through the transformational work of our chapter.
SFLinksConnect: Mentoring Across The Miles, Liberia continues our core national and international educational outreach mission. Our Liberia program affirms the historical connection between African Americans and Liberia, which is embodied in our relationship with Ellen Sirleaf, President of Liberia and an honorary member of The Links Incorporated.
Mentoring Across the Miles is a multilevel mentoring program that is focused on decreasing high school and college attrition. In addition to financial support, we convene monthly videoconferences with young women in Liberia to help strengthen their academic preparation and life skills to enable them to complete high school and matriculate into a 2 or 4 year college program. Through the participation of young women in local Bay Area colleges, we also expose the students to age adjacent mentors to help them learn about American culture and strategies for life success.
MENTORING ACROSS THE MILES
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San Francisco Links members assisted with the Annual MLK Day Parade celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 1.5 mile journey crossed the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stopped at the Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park. It commemorated the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights movement.
Members greeted the public exiting train from San Jose in preparation for the 1.5 mile march honoring the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama marches. The march began at San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens. Chapter members also supported the community discussion of the nationally acclaimed film Resilience and volunteered for the Annual MLK Breakfast co-sponsored by the NorCal MLK Foundation and San Francisco Labor Council.