Way to Grow Partnership

This program assisted teenage mothers with finishing high school and developing life skills. Links members led a workshop called “How to Pack Your Bag,” which taught participants interview skills, how to eat nutritious foods, and more. Members also donated books, interview clothing, services, and organized an annual Christmas party for the families.

Dance Program Partnership

The Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Summer Dance Program for inner city girls began in 1987. The chapter partnered with this St. Paul community center to provide free ballet lessons, and a local shop donated leotards and ballet slippers. This program gave the youth an opportunity to learn a new art form from instructors who looked like them. The summer ended with a recital for their families.

Toy Drive Partnership

Annually, Links chapter members collected donations and sponsorships to purchase toys to give to local children at Hallie Q. Brown (St. Paul) and Phillis Wheatley (Minneapolis) Community Centers.

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason.

Links members (l-r): D’Juana Ballard, Tanya Bransford, J.D, and Lorraine Griffin Johnson with Anwatin and Hazel Park students, 2019.

Girls Taking Action


From the British royal wedding to the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, virtuoso cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed with his sister and accomplished pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason. Minneapolist/St. Paul (MN) Links sponsored Girls Taking Action students from Anwatin School (Minneapolis) and Hazel Park (St. Paul) to attend this Ordway Theatre concert. The students remarked “we loved their performance.”