Programs & Facets

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Transformational Programs, Impacting Lives

The Links members are newsmakers, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work toward the realization of making the name “Links” not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service.


Healthy for Life—Umbrella Project

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“Data shows that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. A recent report from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health reported that 38% of children in California are obese and that a staggering 40.2% of children in San Joaquin County are obese. As a result, more children are now suffering from complications of cardiovascular disease, including higher levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure, and stroke. Research shows that obese children are also at risk for acquiring type 2 diabetes. Also, some obese children suffer from social discrimination and develop social and psychological problems that can hinder academic success. These children also develop low self-esteem and this can follow them into adulthood.”

The Center for Disease Control and other health professionals state that effort to combat childhood obesity should begin early.

The Mission

The mission of the Healthy for Life Program is to provide school based intervention at the elementary level to effect a positive change in the eating habits, food choices, and physical activity levels of students and their parents.

The Program

The Stockton Links unveiled the Healthy for Life Program in 2012 in collaboration with Head Start Child Development Council, Incorporated’s Creative Head Start Center, and Absolutely Energetic, LLC. The Stockton Links provided monthly educational seminars and inactive lessons along with healthy snacks to both preschool children and parents at the Creative Head Start Center. The lessons reinforced messages regarding better nutritional habits and fitness practices with the aim of preventing and reversing the childhood obesity trends.

With the knowledge that 40% of the San Joaquin County children are obese, The Stockton Chapter acknowledged an urgency to expand our delivery of service to the community. To broaden our reach to include an older population of students, the Chapter is coalescing with Hamilton Elementary School (Stockton Unified School District) to provide a program of Health and Nutrition education. Their “Get Fit” program for 5th and 6th grade students and their parents includes guest speakers from health professions and others, interactive activities to foster better food choices, reading labels, gardening, body image, the importance of water, increased daily physical activities, personal and family safety tips. Etc. This program culminates with an annual school based health and fitness fair.

In keeping with the umbrella project approach all chapter members and all chapter facets participate in this project with activities and projects that reflect the goals of that facet.


National Trends and Services

Linda Patrick
Linda Patrick

National Trends and Services

The goal of the National Trends and Services Facet is to decrease disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education and service.

In keeping with the national focus for National Trends and Services, the facet focuses on Women’s Issues and Economic Empowerment of Women. The Stockton Chapter of the Links, Incorporated is collaborating with Haven of Peace Women and Children Homeless Shelter. The Shelter provides temporary housing. The National Trends facet provide the women with relevant information through various life skills workshops to build self-esteem, improve communication skills and emphasize personal responsibility; all critical to rebuilding their lives. Educational opportunities include sessions on goal setting, employer expectation, job search skills, development of interviewing skills, resume writing, and appropriate work attire. Healthy living presentations relating to eating, exercising, how to talk with your doctor, and de-stressing are given as a means to help the ladies to improve lifelong health and nutrition for themselves and their children. Other topics center on Literacy for adults and children along with the Financial Workshop, “Show Me the Money”. Always mindful of the emotional toil of homelessness, the Links host a birthday party for the residents bi-monthly. In addition the chapter donates clothing, shoes, and books, computers, printers and other materials continuously. A soulful Christmas luncheon is hosted by the chapter for the women and the children. The final annual session is in May and is a Pamper Day session for the ladies including a makeover. An annual field trip is also planned.

Our past community outreach have included:

  1. “Project Gold” a single parent support group
  2. “Project Alert” which was a community Alzheimer’s Education Project
  3. “Get Out the Vote”, a voters’ registration drive for San Joaquin County.
  4. Curbside CPR Training for the community.

1st place Program Award at the Western Area Conference in 2015.
National “Best Practices” Recognition for the Haven of Peace Program in 2014, Area “Best Practices in 2015: and, National “Best Practices Program in 2016
Grant from the State of California—Single Parent Project- Project Gold

International Trends and Services

Marilyn Grant Fortune
Marilyn Grant Fortune

The overall goal of this facet is to promote and foster awareness of the connection we have to the global community. We are committed to take advantage of opportunities to provide tangible and sustainable service to improve the lives of women, children and men worldwide.

  1. Past Programs: World AIDS Day Observance Planning Committee and Sponsor in partnership with The San Joaquin AIDS Foundation and University of the Pacific.
  2. African American Clergy AIDS Education Summit
  3. Planning Committee and Reception for the induction of Asaba, Nigeria and a Sister City for Stockton, CA
  4. Solar ovens for Africa Project
  5. Mama Kits for Safe Baby deliveries in African nations
  6. International Fair
  7. Ebola Health crisis in West Africa

The Arts

Gwendolyn Boss
Gwendolyn Boss

Throughout the nation today, Links Chapters partner with museums, symphonies, arts councils, educational institutes and corporations in order to support art programs, especially where there is a focus on artists of color. Links are creating and supporting opportunities for educating minority youth in the arts and presenting and supporting performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in a diversity of disciplines.

The goal of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity, and elevate our programs through arts integration and effectively create an arts renaissance within our organization and programmatic efforts. Currently the Arts facet is supporting the Umbrella projects with ART related activities that provide both an education in healthy habit and lifestyles and an outlet for our children artistic expressions.

Notable past projects include:

  1. Haggin Museum Buffalo Soldiers Touring exhibition
  2. Cultural Crossroads- The Gifts of Blackness whose mission was to cultivate Library use among African American families, and to promote, contribute, and sponsor educational and cultural activities focusing on African American culture and community throughout San Joaquin County.
  3. Haggin Museum African American Quilts Touring Exhibition


Services to Youth

Glynis Dove
Glynis Dove

The Links, Incorporated Services to Youth facet is an integrated approach to preparing young people to succeed in the 21st century workforce. The primary goals of this facet are to:

  1. Safe Schools Tutorial Program
  2. Project Lead: High Expectations, an Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program
  3. Rosebuds, a mentoring and enrichment Program for Junior High and High School Girls;
  4. All About Me, a mentoring-enrichment Program for High School Girls.


  1. Project LEAD —National and Area
  2. Safe Schools Tutorial —Area
  3. Safe Schools Tutorial —Stockton, CA Family Resource and Referral Center—The ABC Award for Child Advocacy
  4. All About Me Mentoring Program —Area Best Practices Book

Health and Human Services

Debbie Jackson
Debbie Jackson

The mission of the Health and Human Services facet is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated can play a significant role in providing it.

Health and Human Services Facet is a lead facet for the chapter’s umbrella project, Healthy for Life.

Organizes the annual Hamilton Elementary School Health and Fitness Fair.

The Stockton chapter has an impressive history of providing health education to the community.
Notable projects from our past are:

  1. Charles Drew Blood Drive
  2. Project Alert (as Health Linkage under National trends and Services)
  3. Power to Prevent Stroke Seminar

Human Trafficking Awareness

Discussion on Human Trafficking Awareness: Protect African American girls

The Stockton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated invite you to attend an informative discussion to raise the awareness of human trafficking victims. Please join this collaboration of San Joaquin County community organizations for an introduction to the indicators of human sex trafficking victims, the appropriate response for stakeholders when they learn of victimization and considerations for the recovery of victims. Attendees will receive information regarding available resources for the fight against human trafficking.

This is an opportunity to hear from practitioners in victim advocacy, law enforcement, and actual human trafficking survivors AND assemble emergency backpacks for African American girls who are victims.

Register Here

Date and Time

Sat, February 15, 2020 10:00 AM 2:00 PM PST Add to Calendar


Cesar Chavez Central Library 605 North El Dorado Street Stockton, CA 95202
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