IPC Programs extend beyond our community to address issues of the world....
Rhonda Cotton, IPC 2nd Vice President-Programs
Int'l Trends & Services Facet Chair
Int'l Trends & Services Facet Chair
Services to Youth Facet Chair
“Classics Through The Ages” also known as “Through the Lens of a Child” is a photography program that is dedicated to changing the lives of high school youth through mentoring and providing a vocational opportunity. For the last six years, the Inglewood Pacific (CA) Chapter of The Links, Inc. has partnered with Inglewood High School. We have worked with the school liaison teacher and 23 students to provide an introduction to the world of photography/photo journalism under the direction of renowned photographer, Haywood Galbreath. Our Master teacher provided the students with a variety of experiences with hands-on techniques using professional cameras. Students were also able to capture scenic and historic Los Angeles during the field trip component of this program. Students attend bi-monthly workshops and monthly field trips to learn how to “Capture The Moment.” At the end of each year, the students present a photo exhibit of their work to the community. In 2015, we are addressing a segment of at-risk young women in need of role models with a specific series of weekly programs that will address positive image; creative acumen in the Arts through dance, photography, writing, and music; health and hygiene; and making good choices in relationships in a month long series. The GIRLS Program is called Visualizing the Future. The Girls will be taught to use all of their senses to build a vision for their individual futures. .
Health and Human Services - Facet Co-Chairs, Dr. Kim Austin & Lula Morehouse
Making Health A Habit is designed to educate, increase awareness of health issues & encourage positive health changes for the at risk population & all stakeholders in our target area to promote healthy habits, proactive behavior & preventative care. The Health program provides needed access to health resources for a population with limited access. We make a difference in the lives of individuals & families by providing education & access to services, addressing vital health issues, early detection of treatable diseases & screenings for individuals, saving lives. Unfortunately, a Sister Link was diagnosed thru HHS Lifeline CAD Screening but too late to save her life. An example of intervention is a Mother attending the health fair diagnosed with a mass on her breast, a life saved due to early detection. HHS sought to expand scope of services identifying & determining that Warren Lane Elementary School, A Title 1 School, in a predominantly low income population. Collaborating with the Superintendent, we concluded that this school needed our support to provide dental screenings.
The concept of empowering and educating youth to teach youth in the United States and Southern Africa, ages 16-34, about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, advocacy and “Getting to Zero: Zero new infections, Zero related AIDS deaths and Zero stigma and discrimination was overwhelmingly embraced not only by the principals and teachers of three high schools but also several community partners: Project Africa Global Inc., Sojourner Truth Industrial Club Inc. and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Students were nominated by their respective school principals to participate in this two year program. Each student and their parents consented and committed to supporting the program by agreeing to a minimum of 40 hours of HIV 101 training. Students were also required to participate in several field trips which included: (1) talk to and report back to the cohort conversations they had with a friend and parent about HIV, abstinence, use of condoms, and Sexually Transmitted Infections; (2) Get a rapid HIV Test and report back on the experience; (3) Go to their local pharmacy and purchase condoms( male or female) and report back on the experience they had from the perspective of being a young male or female; (4) develop, implement and present at three World AIDS Day High School Assemblies to their peers (5) Identify and communicate with HIV peer advocates in Swaziland, Africa and (6) Participate in the production of the DVD Documentary, Getting to Zero”
In 2019, IPC's National Trends & Services Facet received the Western Area Award - 1st Place for its program entitled "Seniors Are You Ready?" Trafficking of persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. While many believed that this issue was an international problem, it came full circle and affects American children, primarily girls and young women. According to the United Nations, Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States. Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States. The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13-14 years old according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Inglewood Pacific Chapter is committed to educating communities about what to do to protect their children. Through interactive workshops and partnerships with other agencies, we are reaching more parents and their children to decrease the victimization of children. What became quite evident in our preparations was that trafficking was not limited to the poor. This epidemic of recruitment is happening to youth who are middle class as well as at the college level. These pimps are luring girls right off the campuses. We are continuing our efforts that we eradicate slavery of any kind and diminish the number of victims.
The Services to Youth Facet is currently in a partnership with A-MAN, Inc., located in Inglewood, CA. We assist Engineers, and they use STEM related Projects as a motivational tool to help advance educational achievement. Students participate in intellectual and career development for African American and other minority students in grades K-12. The A-MAN, Inc. Saturday Science Academy (SSA) Partners with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Los Angeles Air Force Base Space and Missile Command. The Saturday Science Academy is designed for students who have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. And to encourage the career paths of pre-college students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the Science and Technology fields. It is structured so that students (Elementary-High School) meet two Saturdays a month from October-May. During the sessions, students participate in various Engineering Design Projects, Technical Seminars and Math Competitions. Students receive free tutoring, field trips to area Engineering companies and colleges, Middle and High School students compete in the Annual Aerospace Herndon Science competition.