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Long Island Chapter (NY), The Links, Incorporated December Community Service Programming

Long Island’s First National Society of Black Engineers Chapter Designed for Middle School Aged Girls  

Understanding the importance to promote student awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering andMathematics (STEM) and the opportunities for African Americans and other minorities in STEM related professions, the Long Island Chapter, The Links, Incorporated took the lead and provided a platform designed to stimulate interest in science and technology. The inaugural workshop was held on Saturday, December 16th, at Springboard Incubators at 50 Clinton Street, Hempstead, NY.  Hempstead Village Mayor Don Ryan, New York State Assembly Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper, and educational partner and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Anita Farrington offered words of encouragement to the 12 students.


The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a national program who strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The Long Island Links have collaborated with NSBE and Springboard Incubators in Hempstead to teach middle school girls firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork. Springboard’s certified teachers provide a balance on foundational theories as well as critical thinking workshops that aligns well with all related STEM programs.





Long Island Chapter hosts holiday party for chapter Adopt a Families


Annually, the members of the Long Island Chapter adopt Long Island families by purchasing 70 holiday gifts for the parents and children. This year, the gift of service was expanded to include a holiday party for the selected families. The National Trends and Services Committee Chairs Jan R. Figueira and Keturah Figueira, along with chapter members attended a special holiday party at the End Life Ministries in Roosevelt. All attendees celebrated the season through food, music, arts and crafts.  Chapter President Leah Watson reminded the families assembled that the greatest gift during this season is time spent with family and friends.



Long Island Chapter Encourages Women’s Health and Wellness


The International Trends and Services (ITS) Facet held a Wellness and Stress Reduction program at Calvary Tabernacle Church in Hempstead, organized by Andrea Phoenix, ITS Chair, and Judy Chambers.  This program included a presentation by Dr. Cicely Brathwaite Jamison, who discussed the importance of stress management, emotional awareness and the relationship of mental wellness to one’s physical stability. Tamika Hart from Body by Tamika demonstrated to the attendees how to incorporate low impact exercises into our daily routine.



The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 283 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans. The Links Foundation, Incorporated is the philanthropic arm of the organization and is a 501(c)3 entity.

The Long Island Chapter is celebrating its 55th anniversary of serving Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties. The Chapter is the 89th chapter of the Links, Incorporated and consists of 50 active and 11 alumna members who are influential decision makers and professionals from the Long Island Community.

For additional program information, email Leah E. Watson at

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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