Our Umbrella Program 

The Link Learn Lead Institute
Creating Opportunities for Girls... In Our World


The Link Learn Lead Institute is rooted in the outstanding, award-winning programming of The Links, Incorporated in five facet areas: Services to Youth; The Arts; National Trends & Services; International Trends & Services; Health and Human Services.

Our curriculum is intentional in developing personal growth and leadership dispositions that address the unmet needs of Black and Latina girls in their junior through senior year of high school. Programming is implemented in partnership with K-12 schools and community agencies focused on health, academic success, the arts, financial education, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and economic development.
Our efforts will deliver programming which supports up to 24 participants from Greater Lansing Area high schools over the course of the two-year program. Girls will participate during their junior and senior year in high school and must: be a potential first-generation college student; have an overall high school GPA of approximately 2.5; self-identify as female; and be Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino. Participants who fully complete the junior and senior year program experience will be guaranteed a $2000 scholarship for post-secondary studies or vocational training.

“I long to see a radical shift in philanthropy that will come to characterize the 21st century.  That is, a reclaiming of the root meaning of philanthropy: love of what it means to human.”

                - Valaida Fullwood.