Los Angeles Chapter Umbrella Project
The Umbrella Project of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, is the annual Debutante Cotillion which encompasses each of the five facets. The Cotillion embraces the Services to Youth facet as a vehicle to provide a transition for young women to grow in grace as well as a fundraiser to support vital community needs. Cotillionettes participate in a variety of enriching activities. First and foremost, each Cotillionette is required to donate a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer service to a community service agency. The Cotillionettes also participate in numerous enrichment activities that emphasize personal development and mastery. Besides the Cotillion itself, all activities planned for the Cotillionettes introduce the young ladies to meaningful service to the community under the umbrella of the four facets of The Links and creates a sense of “Commitment to the Community” in the heart of each Cotillionette.
A summary of the ways in which the five facets are addressed through the Umbrella Project, the annual Debutante Cotillion, follows:
The “Global Get-Down” is a program designed to bring together youth from various community organizations to learn about the customs of different cultures through dance. Participants learn the history of a selected foreign country and receive an informational folder. In previous years, some of the organizations that have participated are: the YWCA, Job Corp, LA Debutantes, Crenshaw High School Student, Hurricane Katrina Survivors, Ethiopian Club, Union Rescue Mission, and Lula Washington Dance students. This workshop encourages our youth to appreciate and understand and respect our wonderful global diversity.
Taste of Soul Community Health Initiative
Los Angeles (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in alignment with our national organization, has embarked upon an exciting project to foster heightened awareness and targeted screening for Hepatitis C in at-risk individuals. On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Los Angeles (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will work in collaboration with Charles R. Drew University and the Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) to educate the general public about Hepatitis C during the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Festival.
The Taste of Soul Los Angeles is a free family-friendly event presented by the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and hosted in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Radio Free 102.3 KJLH and 94.7 The Wave. It has been dubbed Los Angeles’ largest street festival and takes place on Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Boulevard and Rodeo Road. It attracts over 350,000 attendees.
The National HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Initiatives of The Links, Incorporated strive to ensure that the communities we serve understand how these infections are transmitted and how the diseases can be prevented. Headed by Health and Human Services Chair, Link Lisa Nicholas, MD and Link Anitha T. Mitchell, MD, members of Los Angeles Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and their President, Link Kathryn Edwards, PhD, will distribute educational materials and encourage festival attendees to learn more about these diseases.
Screenings will be made available for those whom it is recommended. Physicians will provide onsite counseling to participants and follow-up will be provided for those who have no identifiable physician.
Sponsors for this health screening event include: Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research based biopharmaceutical company that provided financial support and educational materials, and OraSure Technologies, a leader in the diagnostic testing field that donated OraQuick testing kits.