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1st APP-A-THON

The Norfolk (VA) Chapter and Envision Lead Grow

The App-A-THON was Inspired by the Norfolk (VA) Chapter of The Links’ Service To Youth Facet to focus on the national STEM initiative and Envision Lead Grow’s “8 Seeds to Success”; #App-a-Thon 2019 will introduce young women in the Hampton Roads area to the growing Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) industry.  This will take place by offering a platform for them to create interactive and engaging software applications (“apps”) designed to support their passions, or “What Makes Their Hearts Sing.”

PARTICIPANTS

#App-a-Thon 2019 will reach 150+ girls, ages 10-18 years old.  Envision Lead Grow Girl Bosses will be the primary target audience for this program; however, invitations will be distributed to all Title I schools in Norfolk, Virginia.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

#App-a-Thon 2019 kicks off with a fun, interactive 5-hour training session at Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth)/Norfolk State University in November 2019.  The day begins with an opening session designed to give an overview of the value of software applications and introduce the latest in app technology, all in an interactive, age-appropriate setting. Girls will learn the basics of app development and engage in hands-on activities such as mobile talent shows, scavenger hunts and/or other interactive games to reinforce lessons learned throughout the day.  Following a lunch break, the girls will gather in teams of ten to begin brainstorming apps for the “Glow Up!” challenge in February. A tentative agenda for the November session includes:

·        9:00 a.m. – Kickoff session with guest facilitators providing an overview of software applications

·        10:00 a.m. – Mobile scavenger hunt

·        11:00 a.m. – Introduction to latest app technology

·        11:30 a.m. – Mobile talent show

·        12:00 p.m. – Lunch break (provided)

·        1:00 p.m. – Girls organized in groups of ten to brainstorm apps for the “Passion Project” competition

·        4:00 p.m. – Closing session

“GLOW UP!” CHALLENGE – FEBRUARY 2020

Armed with training and knowledge about STEM applications, participants leave the October session to begin developing personal apps for the “Glow Up!” challenge to be held in February 2020 at Norfolk State University. Inspired by Envision Lead Grow’s “8 Seeds to Success in Business,” the “Glow Up!” challenge will encourage girls to develop apps based on things that “make their hearts sing.”

During the “Glow Up!” challenge, 150 participants will return and demonstrate their apps to panels of pre-selected judges. Participants, together with their parents, guests and other community leaders, will be invited to a celebration to recognize the Top Ten projects of the day. In addition to celebrating the girls’ achievements, the Top Ten Celebration will also provide an opportunity to educate parents and community attendees on the importance and value of STEM as well. This event will include media presence as well as cash prizes awarded to the Top Three participants ($300, $200, and $100).

IMPACT

This program will influence 150 girls, ages 10-18, from Title I lower-income communities in the Hampton Roads area as well as their parents, guests, and others in the community by introducing them to STEM technology and application development.

Event - November 9, 2019

Location - Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth Campus) in Theater Building

Source: Program layout by Link Angela Reddix

For additional information:  Please contact Link Pamela Walker, Service to Youth Facet Chair and Link Peggy Newby, Service to Youth Facet Co-Chair

The Links, Incorporated Oral Health Initiative

Campostella Elementary School

Colgate Van Visit

November 8, 2018

On Thursday November 8th the HHS Facet in partnership with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Future Program arranged for the Colgate Dental Van to visit Campostella Elementary School and provide free dental screening to 73 second and third graders.

Colgate's mobile dental vans measure 32 feet long, nearly the size of a mobile home, and features friendly visuals to help create a fun and less intimidating dental ‘screening experience’ to kids in rural and urban communities.

With two child-sized dental chairs aboard, the volunteer dental professionals were able to screen two children at a time. The average dental screening lasts approximately two minutes. The second and third graders received free dental check-ups, treatment referrals (if needed), and learning materials that included a tube of Colgate kid’s toothpaste, a Colgate kids toothbrush and brushing instructions.

Our 2 volunteer dental health professionals were Dr. William Walls and Dr. Daniel Cox.

On site we had 8 Links Volunteers, but the whole chapter was involved in securing dental health professionals and making sure we had photo documentation and publicity.

Three of our “My Life Matters” participants came through the van to get screened.

A big thank you to the volunteers who helped make our mobile dental van a success!

For more information contact:

Valerie Harvey and DeeDee Boone, Health and Human Services Facet Co-Chairs @valerieharvey10@gmail.com or ddfboone@gmail.com

PGarden Tower ower to End Stroke

3rd Annual Jazz Brunch

The Norfolk (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated hosted its third annual Power to End Stroke Jazz Brunch and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Murray Center in Norfolk, Virginia.  This event was co-sponsored with the American Heart Association, Bon Secours Neuroscience Center, Sentara Health Systems and News WTKR.  The Co-chairs of the Health and Human Services Facet, Patricia King, MD (King and Associates, Psychological Services) and Beverly Roberts-Atwater, MD (Director of Residency Fellowship, EVMS School of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine) spearheaded this event.  Ms. Jessica Larche, news anchor of WTKR-TV gave the opening remarks.  Ms. Larche shared her personal weight loss journey with the audience.    

The Brunch included breakout sessions “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of a Stroke Patient” presented by Beverly Roberts-Atwater, MD, “Psychology of a Stroke Patient and their Caregiver” presented by Patricia King, MD, “Simple Cooking with Heart Demonstration by Chef Dedra Blount, lead chef for the American Heart Association Mobile Kitchen, and “Minorities and Stroke” by Dr. Bryant Ramirez.   Participants also were able to have their blood pressure screened.  The featured speaker was Dr. Armistead Williams who is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Williams is Stroke Director at Bon Secours DePaul Hospital.  After lunch, the attendees heard a testimonial by stroke survivor, Tyree Russell.  The music was provided by Elements Band.              

The American Heart Association is a National Partner of the Links, Incorporated.  A representative from the national office attended this brunch.  The American Heart Association provided gift bags for each participant that included tips on identifying the signs and symptoms of a stroke, a recipe book with heart healthy meals, and tips for improving cardiovascular health.  The Norfolk (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated provided logistical and financial support, facilitated workshops, and registered attendees.

For Additional Information:

Contact Patricia King, M.D., Health and Human Services Facet Chair, patkingmd@aol.com


Get ready for an exciting conference.  Deadline for registration April 10, 2019 at 11:59 PM

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