International Trends and ServicesGloria Richard-Davis, M.D., Chairperson
The mission the International Trends and Services facet is to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. All programmatic components of the facet are delivered through measurable and sustainable service delivery methods that reach women and their families.
The Little Rock Chapter of the Links, Incorporated International Trends and Services has supported many projects locally aligned with the national mission of expanding the global platform to serve the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world, Many of our youth of African ancestry have never been outside of their city, their state or out of the country, Too many adolescent and teens are unaware of events occurring in the world National Links, Inc developed a program called the LIFE program, Links International Business and Foreign Affairs Empowerment program., was create in 2008 to interest minority students in future careers in International Business and Foreign Affairs. Currently, the U.S. State Department statistics indicate that minorities represent less than 2% of diplomatic and foreign affairs assignments. Also, very few American minorities represent corporations in management level international positions.
The Life program is designed to educate students, starting in the freshmen year of high school, on the many options they have in the world. International Trends and Services designed the LIFE program to expose 9th and 10th graders to the vast career choices available beyond the United States. The program is a three-way partnership between The Links, Incorporated, local high schools and colleges/universities to expose students to information they will need to make informed decisions for college and become citizens of the world.
The Little Rock Chapter from 2013-2015:
1. Worked with national partners to "Stop Ebola and Promote Infection Control"
2. Education Across the Miles directed through the Links Foundation, 4 schools we're adopted and funds were used to purchase books, computers, supplies, equipment and other needed items designated by the schools.
3. Hosted the first Central High Model United Nations conference in September, 2014. 50 students attended
4. Five students from JA Fair attended the CHS Model UN conference. As a result of their participation a MUN club was started at JA Fair under the direction of Heather Bettinardi.
Five additional students joined. The Little Rock Chapter of Links, Inc. provided the monetary support for these 10 students to compete in 2 MUN's, one at Rhodes College and one at UALR