Harbor City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Harbor City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Friendship and Service with a Purpose
Services to Youth
Adrienne Taylor, Chair
Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service
                                                     Compu-Kids (2003- 2011)

The Compu-Kids Program supported students at the William Pinderhughes Elementary School for  eight years. The school is located in one of Baltimore's most challenged neighborhoods both economically and socially. Although the school had achieved exemplary results in improving student achievement through innovative private/partnerships, severe budgetary constraints had prevented the school from fully integrating computer instruction into the curriculum. Harbor City Links recognized that these students were at a disadvantage when entering middle grades without core mathematics and language arts skills and basic computer knowledge. The program was developed originally for fifth grade students expanded to include fourth and third graders. Students were exposed to activities to improve their mathematics and language arts skills facilitated through the use of computers. The Compu-Kids program evolved into an umbrella program that touched the lives of over 250 students and their families.

2012 Young Achievers Initiative:
Dreamers and Achievers

The Young Achievers Initiative addresses the needs of and helps address the issues challenging high school-aged African American Youth in local communities. By mentoring and arming these youth with effective life skills through a myriad of workshops and programs, the Young Achievers Initiative supports a successful transition and completion of middle school, to high school, to college and careers. The Harbor City Links, Inc. has engaged youth (20 – 30 participants per session) from Roberta’s House, a grief and healing facility that supports Baltimore families/communities in improving their ability to cope and care for at risk members in acute emotional distress and trauma as a result of death and grief.
The primary goals of this program are to:

• Increase high school and college graduation rates

• Implement local mentoring programs

• Introduce and support S.T.E.M. education and career readiness programs

• Implement and support college readiness programs

• Promote and support Historically Black colleges and Universities (HBCU)

In order to reach the goals, the Harbor City Links will incorporate theme activities that include:

  • Enhancing self esteem and self confidence activities
  • Introducing leadership skills
  • Enhancing personal development
  • Identifying career goals
  • Building an awareness of S.T.E.M. related careers.

The Harbor City Links initiated a mentoring program in September 2011 at Roberta’s House that will enable 80% of the participants to identify and articulate their career goals by April 30, 2012. ​​​​​​​​

Archived Program - Services to Youth

​​​​​The Links, Inc. Receives $250K STEM Grant From Chevron!

​​The Links Foundation, Incorporated announced the award of a grant from Chevron in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. These funds are designated to help eliminate the STEM academic achievement gap for students of color and will be dispersed over a two-year period, beginning in the fall of 2012. Students in grades 6 through 12 will benefit from the award as they participate in programs aimed at enhancing the current curriculum, emphasizing STEM disciplines, engineering and energy industry career readiness. Within the Eastern Area, the Harbor City Chapter is a recipient of the Chevron grant. In the STEM outreach, the Harbor City Chapter is partnering with Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland to deliver service and implement this initiative.

A key enhancement of the program is the incorporation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) STEM Application Content. The content includes educational and professional development, as well as teacher training tools. This workshops focus on  education and online resources, curriculum activities and teaching strategies. The primary objective of the workshops is to train the teachers in the presented NASA resources to integrate the resources to their curriculum.