Mary McLeod Bethune’s “My Last Will and Testament” still serves today as a clarion call to train youth to become informed, full participants in the social and economic forces that will shape the future. The Links, Incorporated created its first program facet, Services to Youth, to equip African-American children to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to indeed walk with their fellows in leading the way.
The Middlesex County (MA) Chapter of the Links, Inc. implements this facet under its Gifts of Education. The Middlesex County (MA) Chapter of Links core program consists of five modules covering: financial literacy, health improvement (nutrition) art expression, life style skills-resume writing and interviewing and international awareness/cross cultural interactions. Trainings occur once a month for two hours with approximately 17-25 youth, ages 13-18. Training evaluations indicate that youth are very pleased with the programs and instructors. All programs to date have been rated four out of five, with five being excellent. The financial literacy module, also known as “The Gift of Money” assist youth to achieve an understanding of money, explore the meaning of financial literacy, develop awareness of the “psychology of money,” dispel myths about money, and provide information that will enable better financial literacy.