International Trends and Services

The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated educates and engages our community on global crises, worldwide social injustices facing people of African descent and the importance of taking action. The Chapter has fostered a key partnership with the Visionary Child of Haiti, Incorporated in which, participants of Project S.E.L.F. along with members of the Visionary Child of Haiti, and the Chapter assemble hygiene bags for children in Haiti. The activity includes a water purification video for the youth participates viewing.

National Trends and Services

The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated develops and promotes programs that help eliminate disparities in our community by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education and service. Programming in support of these efforts include the Annual Intergenerational Cotillion hosted at the Alicia Broadous-Duncan Senior Center, Thanksgiving meal delivery, the Marshmallow Challenge activity with Project S.E.L.F. youth, and the Daffodil Days activity with chapter members.

The Arts

The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to supporting and promoting local arts programs in communities of color. Highlighted areas of our program include music, theater, art galleries, photography, and dance. Previously, the Chapter has supported Ms. Phoebe Beasley, Mr. D.L. Hughley, The Fearless Women of Colored My Mind (Autism Activists), and honored such acclaimed individuals as The Honorable Colin Powell, Mr. Muhammad Ali, The Honorable Kweisi Mfume, Mr. Sidney Poitier, The Honorable Ronald H. Brown, Tavis Smiley, Ms. Iris Rideau, Dr. Keith Black, Mrs. Tisha Campbell-Martin, Mrs. Sonia Norwood, Ms. Laurieann Gibson, and Mr. Danny Bakewell.

Health and Human Services

The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated promotes and facilitates programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through its programs on heart disease, breast cancer awareness, water sanitation, and the Affordable Care Act. Partnerships with a renowned African American cardiologist, Nordstrom, Los Angeles Department of Public Works, and the California Black Health Network complement the Chapter’s program initiatives.

Services to Youth

The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated promotes and fosters Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education and career readiness for the Penny Lane Center high school participants of Project S.E.L.F. by engaging our youth participants in interactive programs on video game designing, electrical and thermal engineering, computer
software engineering, animal husbandry, and matriculating into two-year and four-year colleges/universities. The support of Mad Dog’s Gamer Paradise, Raytheon Corporation, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Corporation, established software engineers, and Moorpark Community College are instrumental in the success of the program.

Umbrella Program

In accordance with the mission of the San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the Chapter promotes and fosters academic achievement for the students of our community, enhances leadership skills, increases self-esteem, and encourages appropriate targeted intervention through our signature program – Project S.E.L.F. – Cultivating Leadership by Building Self-esteem through Service, Enrichment and Life Skills for the Future.

Project S.E.L.F. is a unique multifaceted program which is supported by the five facets of The Links, Incorporated. The program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). It is comprised of two major components – S.T.E.M. –ulation Left Brain, Right Brain and community service. Project S.E.L.F. focuses on students of color in grades 6 through 12 encompassing students ages 13 through 18 who are residents of Penny Lane Centers. The program includes workshops, field trips and other non-school day activities when appropriate. It is designed to enhance overall learning and provide community service in tandem with being fully inclusive of ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. The program’s target population and design reflect the Chapter’s commitment to service to the diversity of the residents of our community.

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