The Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Inc. sponsored its first Achievers Program in 1989.This six-month program for African American high school male seniors helps to prepare and support their transition to college or life after high school. The program goal is to develop strong values and dedication to excellence among African American young men thereby strengthening the family unit. This transformational program includes workshops, cultural and civic engagement activities as well as community service involvement. Workshops include: Getting into College, Applying for Financial Aid, College Life, Financial Literacy / Responsibility, Etiquette, Dress for Success and Social Media.
Transformational activities include developing and implementing 1) a youth focused homeless services project for over 100 homeless individuals as part of the Countywide Winter Sanctuary and 2) a business plan for entrepreneurship with a successful businessman. The program also features an annual networking event for Achiever and their fathers/father figures where community leaders and former achievers act as role models and support groups for current and future Achievers.
Community service is a strong component of the program. Achievers donate over 750 community service hours annually.
Nearly 400 young African American men have participated in the program.
The Program culminates in an Affair of Honor formal event to acknowledge academic and entrepreneurial successes.