By Link Adria Harrison-Wiley
The Fort Lauderdale (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated community fundraising efforts support numerous community service programs in the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County area. All proceeds from fundraising events are utilized to maintain the Chapter’s programs and scholarships.
For the 2016 – 2017 program year, the Chapter has already awarded more than $18,000 to local Broward County students. These Chapter achievements include:
1) The implementation of the Links 2 Leadership umbrella program which was created to encompass and include the requirements of the five National Facets of The Links, Incorporated. These five facets are Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, The Arts, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.
2) An introduction to STEM careers to young ladies (Grades 5-8). This was accomplished through several workshops featuring the United Nations’ Girls Up initiative for participants who prepared over 200+ survivals kits containing basic necessities such as toothbrushes, soap, wash clothes, underwear and sanitary items. These items were shipped to villages in Haiti. In addition, the workshop participants assisted in preparing 100+ school supply kits for Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. Other workshops included topics on anti-bulling/cyber-bulling; a sponsored HBCU college tour to Florida Memorial University in Miami where participants visited The School of Aviation in an effort to expose and recruit more females to major in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields; and workshops focused on presenting young girls to good nutritional health and dietary strategies necessary for one’s optimal health.
The Fort Lauderdale (FL) Chapter’s leadership journey has provided an out-of-classroom learning experience and rigorous curriculum that strive to equip young girls from all areas of Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) with the confidence, independence, skills and global competiveness required for the success and survival of the next generation of future leaders.