Services to Youth

The purpose of the Services to Youth facet is to equip black youth to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to become successful and productive citizens. Today, The Central New Jersey (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated continues to implement aligned, integrated and transformational programs that are responsive to the academic, health, cultural, social awareness, career development, and mentoring needs of youth.

Mentoring Initiative

Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring adults who offer guidance, motivation, support and encouragement aimed at developing the skill set necessary for a successful and productive lifestyle. We are proud to have launched our mentoring efforts with the Young Scholars’ Institute of Trenton (www.youngscholarsoftrenton.org). Through this partnership, we have:
  • Sponsored students to attend relevant cultural and educational film premieres and theatre performances.
  • Tutored students in core curriculum subject areas.

We are constantly seeking opportunities to expand our mentoring initiative and partnering with other local youth organizations in the central New Jersey area. If your school or non-profit youth organization is interested in working with us to develop a mentoring program, please contact us at CNJ Services to Youth Facet.

STEM Education and Career Readiness Initiative

Consistent with the National STEM Education and Career Readiness Initiative, the Central New Jersey (NJ) Chapter is committed to working with area students of color to expose them to and prepared them to study STEM related careers. We are proud to have partnered with the Young Scholars Institute of Trenton (www.youngscholarsoftrenton.org) to sponsor a career speaker series for area middle and high school students that focused on personal development, academic readiness, and STEM-related educational and career opportunities. Read more on one of the programs in that series: http://www.nj.com/mercer-community/index.ssf/2015/07/young_scholars_institutes_care.html.

HBCU Initiative

The long-term goal of our HBCU Initiative is to implement and support efforts to increase the retention and graduation rates of students attending college by the year 2020, with particular emphasis on students attending historically Black colleges and universities. Since launching our HBCU initiative in 2014, the Central New Jersey (NJ) chapter has:

  • Contributed $1,000 to the United Negro College Fund
  • Awarded a $1,500 scholarship to a local student to attend an HBCU
  • Donated $ 500 to Bennett College in North Carolina
  • Volunteered and hosted a career workshop at the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair