Tri-County Alabama Chapter of The Links Incorporated Empowers Area Youth

Through Leadership Summit


Birmingham, AL – The Tri-County (Al) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, under the leadership of President Betty J. Underwood, recently hosted its third annual Youth Empowerment Leadership Summit for more than 75 local youth who are poised to become our community’s next leaders. With sessions focusing on self-esteem, college applications and scholarships, dating, bullying/cyberbullying, violence, and race, students were given the opportunity to actively engage with some of the city’s most influential doctors, lawyers, judges, law enforcement professionals, elected officials and educators. Students listened to presentations, participated in hands-on activities, and engaged in open discussion and dialogue relative to issues of importance to today’s youth.


The Summit culminated with a powerful general assembly where all students were convened to hear a message of motivation and inspiration from Ms. Melva Tate, a local motivational speaker, activist, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed networking “Diva”. The group was also addressed by Councilor LaShunda Scales and Principal John Lyons, to even further encourage and reinforce the positive messages of the day. Students were dismissed to a fun and informal pizza luncheon where they could talk over the lessons of the day, socialize, and get to know more about new acquaintances made at the summit.


“I am proud of the mark that the Tri-County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is making on the lives of our local youth in our service area,” said President Underwood. “Each time a young person tells me that he or she learned something new, has been influenced in a positive way, or is making better decisions because of our work, I, along with the members of my chapter, am inspired to find ways to do even more.”


In keeping with the standards and guidelines of the national chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the Tri-County Chapter, which serves Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties, demonstrates an ongoing commitment to “Friendship and Service”. With a focus on youth empowerment, AVID/S.H.A.P.E. The Green Wave is one of Tri-County's signature programs designed to ensure that tomorrow's leaders will be well rounded citizens with sustainable habits: Financial, Physical, Emotional, Social and Cognitive. Through its signature program, the Tri-County Chapter incorporates and addresses the five facet areas established by the national chapter which guides all affiliate chapters nation and worldwide: Services to Youth; The Arts; National Trends and Services; International Trends and Services; and, Health and Human Services.


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