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International Trends & Services

  Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, was among the first to support educational opportunities and advancement in Africa. Once chartered, one of our first initiatives was establishing a relationship with the Ecole Elementaire Hamo #4 in Dakar, Senegal. Over the years, we have provided support ranging from backpacks and school supplies for the children to the purchase of a printer to assist with teaching students who often do not have access to books and instructional information.

  As part of our Women’s History Month Program, we created the “International Wax Museum.” The program served to educate the young women attending the Young Women’s Leadership School in Queens, New York, through their research about global female leaders, both past and present. The young women represented each woman they studied, dressed in their attire, and researched the history and contributions of the women they selected to represent. When the “museum” opened to visitors, the students became animated sculptures of the women sharing information about their leadership and contributions to our global society.

  International Trends and Services introduced the Model United Nations program to Eagle Academy for Young Men and Pathways College Preparatory High School. This program allows students to study a country’s history, culture, geography, and economics, empowering them to become knowledgeable and articulate UN delegates. Students debate the current issues on the UN’s agenda in real-time. Countries studied by the student delegates have included Sri Lanka, Albania, Panama, Turkey, Australia, and Jordan.

  Before COVID, the students who participated in the Model United Nations Program assisted with the
Haitian Survival Kit Program for four consecutive years. They helped secure and pack the kits donated to an orphanage in Haiti. The survival kits included underwear, dental items, female hygiene products, skincare products, and hair care products. In addition to the kits, additional items were shipped, such as children’s clothing, pajamas, socks, and shoes for children up to 18.

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