The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. The mission of Health and Human Services 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.
The Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter created the KOYE program in keeping with the organization’s overall mission. KOYE stands for “Keeping Our Youth Engaged– Healthy, Active, Creative, and Wise.” The vision of KOYE is to equip the Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club members for healthy lifestyles and improved reading and math. The mission is to reduce childhood obesity and bring club members up to and exceeding grade level expectations in reading and math thus improving their self-esteem. The chapter implemented KOYE through a series on programs that integrated other facets.
The Woolfolk Club staff desired a “Cooking and Gardening Program.” The Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter located a community expert to facilitate the launch of the Mandela Peace Garden. The garden was cultivated and maintained by the children at the Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club, with the assistance and guidance of chapter members.