Southern Area (SA) Programs
Southern Area programming is supportive of both the National programmatic thrust of ”Leading With Excellence – Serving With Grace” and the Southern Area’s theme: “Effecting Change Through the Power of Friendship and Service”. The Southern Area Executive Committee is committed to our realizing our theme…and to advancing our programs. Opportunity Awaits Us!
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Southern Area Program Overview
Through the program facets and initiatives and in collaboration with other organizations, the 77 area chapters develop and implement programs to address the educational, social, economic, and health needs/disparities of people of African ancestry in our local and global communities. Each year thousands of individuals and hundreds of communities throughout the seven states and the Bahamas benefit from our programs.
Our efforts to enhance Southern Area programs give priority to encouraging and supporting chapters’ participation in Signature and Umbrella programming and their effective utilization of the Service Delivery Model. The more than 2,500 members are encouraged to share and pool their resources as well as identify and leverage others to effectuate the desired changes. During the last biennium, the Area’s membership was called to action to address childhood obesity, a public health epidemic that poses the greatest threat to the health and well being of children and their families. In keeping with our national organization’s specific health resolution to address childhood obesity and in response to its disproportionate effects on the communities we serve (African American, low income children in the southeastern United States are at greatest risk), our 17th Southern Area Director, Link Mary F. Currie announced the Southern Area focused initiative: Childhood Obesity Prevention. In February 2008, the initiative was officially launched when the SA announced its partnership with the southeastern affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA). Through comprehensive and integrated programming of its chapters, the collective efforts of its members and its collaboration with the AHA, the Southern Area of the Links, Incorporated plans to help reduce and eliminate the incidences of childhood obesity by promoting education and awareness, particularly among children. The Southern Area is determined to have positive, significant and sustained impact on the issue at hand.
Southern Area Programming Goals and Objectives
Guided by the National programmatic thrust and our Southern Area mandates, our primary goal is to support and enhance chapters’ efforts to provide substantive and sustainable programs. Programs that:
Address problems, find solutions, and positively impact critical needs of the respective community
Are comprehensive, accountable and replicable
Yield measurable outcomes and impacts
Promote collaboration and partnerships
Are aligned and integrated with Signature Programs and National Initiatives, and;
Are developed, implemented and evaluated using our Service Delivery Model.
Toward these ends, the following objectives are set forth:
Provide chapters with information, support and training to increase awareness and effective utilization of the Service Delivery Model
Encourage and support chapters’ participation and promote benefits of Umbrella and Signature programming
Encourage and facilitate chapters’ participation in the Southern Area focused initiative: Childhood Obesity Prevention
Document and disseminate information of Models of Excellence, Best Practices and other documented successes
Establish and maintain open and on going lines of communications with the chapters and designated representatives, and;
Assess and evaluate all efforts.
Additional information may be found on www.linksinc.org on the topics listed below.
Service Delivery Model
Working together, we must remain committed to “Effecting Change Through the Power of Friendship and Service”