Giving Tuesday Opportunity

Today is Giving Tuesday, and as several of you know, I am the Visionary Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. Over the past four years, our organization has intentionally created access and opportunities for intentional leadership and education that includes events and programming, mentoring, college and career preparation, and spiritual and character development. Most of our current programming has targeted middle and high school girls. Next year, we will expand our offerings to include our first Global Leadership Experience Tour (Global LET).

You can find out more about our work and organization, by visiting our website, reviewing one of our recent end-of-year reports, visiting our YouTube channel, and checking out our organizational video below:

Our primary financial goal before the end of the year is to confirm 100 LINKS Ambassadors. A LINKS Ambassador is someone who commits to giving the organization $25 or more dollars/month.

Here are the instructions for becoming a LINKS Ambassador:

Step-by-Step Instructions for setting up your recurring donation online:

1.  Visit our website homepage at: www.leadershiplinksinc.org 

2. Click the blue “Give now with Givelify” button in the top right-hand corner.

2.  Choose your recurring donation amount.

3.  When asked, “This Donation Is For”, click on “Where Needed Most” and “Confirm.”

4.  Click “Set Recurring” and choose the frequency of your gift.5.  Then click “Give Now” to set up your account and provide accounting information. 

There are several other ways that you can support the organization.

  1. MAIL: Please send your donation of any amount via check or money order made out to “Leadership LINKS, Inc.” This is the best method of giving to ensure that all of your funds go directly to impact our programming and we are not paying unnecessary fees. Mail to us at: 

Leadership LINKS, Inc. 

ATTN: Treasurer

P.O. Box 16328

High Point, NC 27261 

2. PAYPAL: Send an electronic payment through PayPal.

paypal.me/LeadershipLINKS

3. GIVELIFY: Send an electronic payment through the Givelify app.

3. CASH APP: $LeadershipLINKS

Thank you for your consideration, and for partnering with us in our work.

The Formation of Our Stories w/ Dr. Twaina Harris of Claflin University

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Welcome to A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture! I’m your host Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, and I’m glad you’re joining us for Season One where the theme is: Our Stories:

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I am thrilled to welcome my next guest to A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast. This season of the podcast, we are talking about our stories, and to guide our conversation, I’m using the outline of my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. We will talk about the FORMATION of Our Stories, the HISTORY of Our Stories, Our Stories in the WILDERNESS, and Our REDEMPTION Stories.

In our second interview of the season, we are continuing our conversation about the FORMATION of Our Stories with Dr. Twaina Harris, Campus Director of the Career Pathways Initiative and Director of Academic Advising at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Claflin University.

 

DR TWAINA HARRIS SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

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Twaina is from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University.  She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she was employed by UAB as a professional academic advisor in the Division of General Studies.  After serving several years as an academic advisor at UAB, she relocated to Columbus, Ohio and served as Admissions Manager for the College of Optometry and chair of the Diversity Committee for the health sciences (including the health professions) at Ohio State University.  In 2014, she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The primary focus of her dissertation was academic advising at HBCUs. She has been employed at Claflin University for 14 years.

Here are some conversation highlights:

 

READ ALONG as Natasha reads excerpt from Part One: Community – “Long before I knew I was a Christian or a leader, I understood that I was black and woman…(pg. 31-32).

 

Growing up, I regularly listened to commercials from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) telling me that I could go to college and that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

 

UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND

 

The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.

 

 

Find out more about the United Negro College Fund.

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

 

Website: https://www.uncf.org/

Follow on Twitter:  @UNCF

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNCF

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncf/

 

CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY

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Across the fence from South Carolina State University, you will find Claflin University. It is a private liberal artists school located in my hometown of Orangeburg, SC.

My mother attended Claflin University for a couple years before her health started to fail. She later returned to Claflin to work in the campus library where I spent many afternoons after school reading books and doing homework.

Founded in 1869, Claflin University was created so newly freed slaves could be educated. It is the oldest HBCU in the state of South Carolina. Beginning with homecoming 2018, Claflin will be celebrating 150 years of academic excellence and visionary leadership!

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Find out more about Claflin University:

Website: http://www.claflin.edu/

Follow on Twitter:  @ClaflinUniv1869

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaflinUniversity1869/ 

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claflin1869/

 

Let’s continue the conversation. Join in by commenting on the blog, subscribing to the syndication channels, and using the #ASojournerTruth hashtag on: Facebook (Don’t miss the news – “Like” and click “Following” to “See First”), Twitter, Instagram, and subscribe to my YouTube channel. You can also connect with me through my website at www.NatashaSRobinson.com.

 

Until next time, “Tell the truth, people!”

Journey to College #LINKS2College

The fall season is definitely among us. Many youth have already received their quarterly grades or been on fall break from school. The weather is changing and leaves are turning colors all around. Some mothers and grandmothers are planning for the holiday season with more frequent visits to their favorite home goods stores, exploring Pinterest, magazines, and books for new family traditions to implement or new recipes to try this holiday season. In the excitement and hustle of the approaching holiday season, it is easy for all of us to lose sight of future investments and long-term plans.

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I don’t invest much time in holiday preparations, but I am making future investments this season. Two if those investments include the establishing of Leadership LINKS as a 501(c)3 organization, and the other is preparing for our fall “LINKS to College” event at the University of Maryland College Park on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm. This event is open to the general public and would be beneficial for middle and high school students, and all those who have the privilege of loving and influencing them. This education event will also provide personal, practical, and informative information for parents/guardians, mentors, tutors, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, youth ministries, and any community leader who life interacts with youth on a regular basis.

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