Youth Development

Linking Communities for Educational Success Inc

  • Washington, DC
  • www.linkdc.org

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This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission Statement

LINK empowers at-risk teens in Southeast Washington, DC by providing them with academic support and leadership training.

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ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

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Mr. Gerald Zavala

Keywords

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youth development, education, out-of-school-time program

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Also Known As

LINK

EIN

52-2270401

 Number

8534459080

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

After School Academy The After School Academy addresses the students' immediate academic needs and provides the students with enrichment activities during the after school hours (3:30pm to 6pm). Students complete homework assignments, receive individual assistance, and engage in kinesthetic and character building workshops. LINK also integrates additional academic activities to enhance and buttress classroom lessons. To support students' academic goals, Academic Coaches meet with individual students to design an Individual Success Plan (ISP) outlining the student's goals regarding grades, homework completion, behavior and attendance. Saturday Academy Saturday Academy is a unique enrichment opportunity for LINK students. The program consists of academic classes that focus on thematic units such as Civil Rights, Harlem Renaissance, and Native American Studies. Each unit is divided into four workshops that synthesize critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary subjects. At the end of each four-week unit, students participate in a field trithe Frederick Douglas Home, and local colleges. Mentoring Mentors enrich students' lives, meet children's need for positive adult contact, provide one-on-one support, and advocate for student achievement. Positive mentoring experiences have proven to be an effective tool for overcoming risk factors that lead to problems such as delinquency, drug abuse, and educational failure. LINK students and mentors spend at least six hours together per month for the span of at least one calendar year. Mentors make essential contributions to the success and overall well-being of students in the LINK program. Summer Academy LINK hosts a summer academy for over 90 students living in Wards 7 and 8. The summer camp focuses on ?hands-on? learning. Students spend each day participating in a variety of high quality learning activities including: gardening, environmental conservation, theater production, substance abuse prevention and team building. Interwoven into each of these activities are lessons in math, science, reading, writing and history based on DCPS curriculum standards. By leveraging the services of high school students through the District?s Passport-to-Work program and LINK alumni, the academy provides young adolescents with role models and positive peer relationships. In addition, the academy also offers older adolescents with valuable professional experiences as well career and post secondary planning. College Prep LINK understands that our students continue to need support as they matriculate to high school and beyond. Every Saturday, LINK provides college prep workshops that include SAT Prep, college selection strategy, college application support, financial aid assistance and first year college preparation. Dinner for Winners On the third Wednesday of every month LINK has the Dinner for Winners program at Sousa Middle School. The event gives students, families, and school staff a positive atmosphere to discuss student progress and performance. The dinner also provides a forum to praise the students for their successes. The students have the opportunity to display their creative talents by performing dances that they have choreographed, reading poetry and other spoken word pieces, or showcasing student art. During the dinner parents receive information about how to utilize important community resources. The program is designed to facilitate teamwork amongst the children and to encourage communication and parental involvement.

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Linking Communities for Educational Success Inc

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Principal Officer

Mr. Gerald Zavala

BIO

Gerald joined the LINK team in 2004. Gerald has an MBA from Georgetown and a BA in economics from Stanford University. He is a former middle school teacher and has six years of executive experience in education and nonprofit organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of MetroTeenAids. He is also the co-chair of the Out School Time committee of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates.

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