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Pasadena-Altadena Links, Incorporated Celebrate 50 Years of Mentoring Youth

Black news from Pasadena - Community News - Links Up For SuccessThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and their rich history serving and mentoring the youth of the Pasadena-Altadena community. To celebrate this exciting occasion, the chapter is hosting a Golden Anniversary Gala on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Langham Huntington Pasadena Hotel. Since the chapter's inception, the dedicated women of the Links have been creating a variety of innovative and dynamic programs designed to meet the academic, career development, and cultural needs of area youth. Below are a few highlights spanning their 50 years:

1960s: The Dedication Program taught girls from 5th through 12th grade the importance of community service and scholarship through public service and academic projects.

1970s: The College Advisement Program counseled high school students on preparing for graduation, college and beyond.

1980s: The Project Lead— High Expectations Program (Links Erase Alcohol and Drug Abuse) served hundreds of middle school students from 1989 – 1994, through weekly sessions centered around Building Positive Self Esteem, Decision Making, Substance Abuse Prevention, Teen Sexuality, Education, and Career Choices.

1990s: The Saturday School Program an academic enrichment program provided much-needed tutoring and mentoring to at-risk students in kindergarten through 4th grade on Saturday mornings. This decade-long program received funding from civic grants and the Pasadena Unified School District and offered weekend activities and academic instruction for hundreds of local students.

2000s: The Linking to the Arts Program served as a catalyst to prepare middle school students for high school by creating supportive school life programs with an emphasis on the Arts. The program included a variety of workshops and activities including: A Student Art Exhibit, 8th Grade Mentoring Program, Academic Tutoring, and a 2008 Parenting Summit.

Today: The Links-Up for Success: Connecting Through Mentoring Program focuses on helping young ladies attending John Muir High School reach their full potential through workshops or events such as dress for career success, financial literacy, health and wellness, career planning and SAT test preparation. Over the last four years, more than 40 workshops have been conducted.

[The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Incorporated has an abounding legacy of mentoring youth over the past 50 years. Join them as they celebrate 50 years of Leadership and Service on December 8 at the Langham Huntington Pasadena Hotel, beginning at 11:30 am with a cocktail reception followed by a delectable luncheon and powerful program presentation. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, an eight-time NAACP Image Award nominee, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. For more information or tickets call (818) 636-7306 or visit pasadenaaltadenalinksinc.org.]



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