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July 2, 2011
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ST. LOUIS , MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com)—— Links Inc. presented 2,000 disaster kits for Joplin tornado victims to the Red Cross and the United Way on Saturday...

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The St Louis Chapter of the Links, Inc. is very active in the St. Louis community. Our organization consists of four chaired facets that include: The Arts, International Trends and Services, National Trends and Services, and Services to Youth, which allows us to have a broad reach into the St Louis community.

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The Arts
International Trends and Services
National Trends and Services
Services to Youth

The Arts
The goal of the Arts Facet is to highlight and support various African American arts organizations and projects in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Support is defined by public awareness, ticket sales and attendance at scheduled events. The following is a summary of Arts Facet events for calendar year 2009 through 2010:

  • Young students participating in My Sister’s Keeper through Imagine Academy attended Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” movie. The movie was Walt Disney’s first animated feature with an African American princess. It was important for Links, Inc., as mentors, to highlight this achievement with girls that would have otherwise not been given the opportunity to do so. Transportation, movie tickets and snacks of hot dogs, popcorn and sodas were provided to the girls compliments of our organization. This was a positive movie and experience for all in attendance.
  • Young ladies from Imagine Academy attended the performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Black Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. This was an African American musical performance influenced by the social movements and popular music of the 60’s. Prior to the performance, the girls were provided box lunch compliments of Links, Inc. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this original approach to a classic love story.
  • Planning is underway to sponsor the mentees from Imagine Academy to attend the educational exhibit, “Race” at the St. Louis History Museum. This event has received rave reviews and will be an excellent learning experience for the girls and members of the organization.    

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International Trends and Services
We are partnering with 35 ninth grade girls at the Imagine College Preparatory High School Academy located in the city of St Louis, Missouri. The International Trends and Services Committee are implementing programs with our focus group from an international perspective. Our focus is on the content of Africa, which includes three projects: The Eyeglasses and Toothbrush Project, The Pen pals Project, and The Armchair Travel Project.

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National Trends and Services
My Sister's Keeper: Totally Me - The Best I Can Be

Description of Program/Project
National Trends and Services has developed a series of workshops designed to help 35 high school freshmen girls identify and set goals, retain a simple and consistent focus on the skills and practices and academic and social behaviors required to enhance the probability for success. Problem identified: underprivileged youth lack role models and sufficient resources to gain independent enlightened information and exposure that helps them develop a big picture of the adult life they aspire to achieve, as well as the process for maintaining focus toward attaining the desired results. 

Goals/Objectives of Program
Develop procedures that help high school freshmen girls identify role models and set individual personal goals to balance the academic, service, cultural, civic and interpersonal aspects of life. Focus personal energies toward developing a meaningful set of core values in alignment with career goals. Select a personal set of motivating images that helps the girls learn the skills associated with visualizing, contemplating, owning and internalizing a process to keep goals in focus while maintaining flexibility, proper attitude and an awareness of the support systems which enhance the prospects of achieving their goals.

Methods Used to Determine the Group

All ninth grade students at a college preparatory charter high school in St. Louis were administered a career inventory at the beginning of the school year. Also students were observed by school personnel to ascertain their adjustment to high school, socially, emotionally and academically. Thirty-five girls who exhibited the greatest adjustment issues were selected for My Sister's Keeper. The express purpose of participation in the program is to provide support to the girls bridging the gaps between and among the academic, social, behavioral and cultural skills and knowledge requisite for successful entry into college, in preparation for selected careers.

Program Summary/Impact Statement
"Totally Me - The Best I Can Be", is the career-focused component of the signature program of the St. Louis Links. This signature program, My Sister's Keeper, has served teenage girls and their families for the past three years in the St. Louis community. The program seeks to prepare teenage girls for college, future careers, and successful experiences. The teenage participants are afforded opportunities to participate in a number of cultural, civic, academic, and career-oriented and community service projects and experiences all focused on achieving these goals and purposes. 

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Services to Youth
The Services to Youth facet is dedicated to implementing programs that enable young people to achieve. Being that the facet’s linkage is education, many programs sponsored by the facet are generally serviced with a school in the city or county. Imagine College Prep High School, Jennings, Normandy, and St. Louis City are just some of the school districts benefitting from the efforts of this facet. Carver House – a long time community project of the St. Louis Links – is also reaping the benefits of this facet’s dedication and commitment. While Services to Youth has in previous years sponsored programs for both young males and females, the past three years have been dedicated to helping young women achieve academic excellence while at the same time experience and gain the most out of life so that they may make a difference in their communities and ultimately, the world. Self-esteem workshops, technology events, science and math fairs and field trips to venues that enhance students’ appreciation of the environment and arts (such as the World Aquarium at City Museum and theatrical performances by the Saint Louis Black Repertory) are just some of the projects that the facet has sponsored over the past year. Services to Youth has also worked extensively with My Sister’s Keeper, focusing on programs that teach young women skills they can carry throughout life, encouraging them to develop a positive outlook toward the future and fostering a sense of self-awareness and self-esteem.

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