Programs

Our Programs

The Raritan Valley (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has a long tradition of promoting and engaging in educational, civic and inter-cultural activities that enrich the lives of members of the Black community at large. The cornerstone of our service is our five programming facets — Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. Through our facets, we implement programs and initiatives that address the most critical needs of underserved communities. Annually, we impact the lives of more than 12,000 people in the communities we serve.

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Services To Youth

The Services to Youth program facet is designed to empower Black youth to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to become successful and productive citizens. Through this facet, transformational programs are implemented to respond to the academic, cultural, career development, and mentoring needs of youth.

 

  • Partnership with Rutgers University Upward Bound students.

  • Activities include: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Roberts Rules of Order, Virtual Tour of the Liberty Science Center, etc.

  • Partnership with the New Jersey Orators. Activities include a visit to the Crossroads Theatre Company located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

  • Sponsor of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Student Chapter. Activities include HBCU, STEM and College tours.

The Arts

The Arts facet is dedicated to increasing and expanding art activity throughout Black communities. The Links, Incorporated creates and supports arts related educational opportunities for minority youth as well as presents and supports performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in an array of disciplines.

 

  • Young Masters 2.0 Program

  • Eastern Area Poster Contest

  • Holiday Celebration of the Arts

  • Virtual Theatre Presentation of “Having Our Say” Delaney Sisters, First 100 Years

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National Trends & Services

The National Trends and Services facet addresses the social inequities that persist in Black communities throughout the United States. The work of the facet includes raising awareness on economic, health, social justice, and other barriers that affect the quality of life for African Americans and people of African ancestry. The goal is to eliminate disparities in these areas for the betterment of Black communities.

 

  • Back to School Backpack Drives

  • Thanksgiving Assistance donations of gift cards and gift baskets to needy families

  • Christmas Holiday Toy Drives

International Trends & Services

The International Trends and Services facet provides services and delivers transformational programs to people of African ancestry globally so that they may have a better quality of life. Programs are developed to service educational, health, and cultural needs of the global African diaspora.

 

  • International Cultural Exchange Program between the Boys & Girls Club of Plainfield, New Jersey and the Mount Zion School, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

  • Donation of dental kits to Jamaica.

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Health and Human Services

The National Trends and Services facet addresses the social inequities that persist in Black communities throughout the United States. The work of the facet includes raising awareness on economic, health, social justice, and other barriers that affect the quality of life for African Americans and people of African ancestry. The goal is to eliminate disparities in these areas for the betterment of Black communities.

 

  • Back to School Backpack Drives

  • Thanksgiving Assistance donations of gift cards and gift baskets to needy families

  • Christmas Holiday Toy Drives

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