New Two-Year Program Will Include High Achieving Young Men and Women
The Sacramento Chapter of Links, Incorporated, will take a hiatus this year from its annual Achievers Program, An Affair of Honor to transform and expand its long standing program that honored male African American high school achievers.
For 30 years, since its inception in 1988, the Sacramento Links has invested in the success of African American young men through the Achievers program. More than 400 male high school seniors have participated in the six-month leadership development and college preparation program of workshops and community service, culminating in a community celebration of their accomplishments.
Every single Achiever has graduated and attended college, and program alums have gone on to become successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, teachers, nonprofit and civic leaders.
To create a new robust and relevant Achievers program, the Links will not host an Achievers event in 2019. Instead they will spend the 2018-19 academic year planning for the implementation of the expanded program.
The program will target young men and women who exemplify academic achievement, leadership potential and a willingness to empower others through volunteer services.
During the planning year, we will reach out to local high schools to assess the needs of the target population, as well as local community organizations and civic groups who share their commitment. We will also work with existing and new corporate partners to ensure that their curriculum meets the needs of the region's business sector and offers exposure to the careers the young men and women are most likely to pursue. We plan to recruit and enroll juniors and seniors in the fall of 2019. We welcome all opportunities for partnership, guidance, and support as we embark on this next era of serving the youth of our community.
The new program will target both young men and women with the following goals:
- Connect young men and women to a network of like-minded, goal-focused peers who can offer support to finish high school, enroll in and graduate from college
- Support young people in preparing for a successful college experience through a series of workshops that expose them to careers of the future, teach important life skills, and support them as they apply to college
- Provide hands on experience with civic engagement and community service that develops leadership skills and inculcates them with the commitment to service that is a cornerstone of the Links organization
- Expose youth to African American role models who serve as a source of professional and personal guidance necessary to prepare to successfully navigate college and career
- Celebrate the achievements of African American high school seniors and showcase their success to the local African American and broader community
Achievers Program Success:
- 100% attend college
- Over 750 community service hours annually
- More than 400 Achievers have participated in the program
- Lifetime support group through peers and adults mentoring
- Community benefit from community service
- Young men develop a strong sense of giving back and continue to engage in community service
- Annual reunion of achievers for holiday mixer and issues forum helps to nurture young achievers though discussions on current issues, listening to the journey of other achievers and presenting their challenges and opinions to the group for discussion.
Achievers Program Measurements
- Participants survey after each workshop
- Parents and Chapter survey of program
- Annual Program Evaluation done by committee as part of Strategic Plan
- Interviews with parents, guests and participants
- Invite participants back annually to share success stories