Greensboro, NC, July 5, 2019 - Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002, had a dream.
“When you attend a place like the Naval Academy, you’re taught the importance of honor, courage, commitment, giving it your best shot every time, being people of integrity, looking out for others and telling the truth,” Robinson said.
In 2015, she gathered six Naval Academy graduates to form Leadership LINKS, a nonprofit organization with a mission to offer leadership education that facilitates impactful living, spiritual and character development.
The core values of Leadership LINKS — Love, Inspiration, Network, Knowledge and Service — are woven into its mission to connect people with purpose.
Modeling female leadership for middle and high school girls, Leadership LINKS provides programs and experiences designed to encourage young women to embrace their potential.
One of the goals is to expand the vision that girls might have for themselves and to help them see that their future holds a wide range of possibilities, said QuaWanna Bannarbie, a member of the organization’s board of directors.
Since 2016, Leadership LINKS has grown its programming to include the annual Walk in Purpose Leadership Summer Program for Girls; the LINKS Mentoring Program that meets monthly throughout the school year; college preparation and campus visits; and the annual Leadership Experience Tour, or LET.
For the past two years, participants who satisfy their mentoring requirements are invited to attend the LET, whose purpose is to expose LINKS leaders to historical and modern influential leaders in a selected geographic area.
Officials with Leadership LINKS believe the LETs greatly enhance the understanding of transformational leadership.
The LET sites are selected so that LINKS Leaders can walk in the footsteps of and gain understanding from the conscious and influential leaders who have gone before them.
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