SERVICES TO YOUTH
The HealthLinks Program
Raritan Valley Chapter’s HealthLinks Program is an award-winning STEM career awareness experience focused on eighth grade students in Union and Middlesex Counties. Over the last thirteen years, The HealthLinks Program has provided yearlong “mini-internships” for 450 students who have amassed over 20,000 hours in experiences designed to provide them exposure to diverse STEM career options within the healthcare industry.
Additionally, this rigorous program has a very positive impact on supporting and enhancing their academic skills for post-secondary education. The Interns become advocates for positive change in their local communities. Former HealthLinks Interns are attending colleges and universities across the country. Several of them have been recipients of the Raritan Valley Scholarship Award and have entered significant careers. The HealthLinks Program has been a “Best Practices” program in Services to Youth of the National and Eastern Area Links for ten years. The Board of Directors of the NJ State Department of Education
STEM-ULATING Left Brain, Right Brain Program
Making the promise of science accessible to youth from diverse communities is one of the core missions of The Links, Incorporated. To fulfill that mission locally, The Raritan Valley Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. partnered with Theodore Schor Middle School in Piscataway, New Jersey. As a result, thirty six (36) middle school students at Schor Middle School were offered an opportunity to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a sub-
grant award from The Links Foundation, Incorporated in support of STEM programming.
This award is made possible by the generosity of AT&T, a leader in the technology industry. AT&T selected The Links Foundation, Incorporated as a recipient of a $70,000 grant designated to help eliminate the STEM academic achievement gap for students of color. Many of these children received free or reduced lunch. The children experienced 2 field trips to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and participated in STEM Club, a before and after school session, designed to enhance their experimental skills in scientific research.
At the conclusion of the program, Schor schools and Raritan Valley partnered with the parents to tutor and mentor sixteen of the thirty six students in an afterschool program for the remainder of the school year focused on skill building in mathematics and building effective life skills using “The Seven Habits of Effective Teens.”