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LINK’s Annual Impact Report

As we work to build tomorrow’s Black leaders today, we are proud to present the 2022-2023 LINK Unlimited Scholars Impact

Women’s History Month: A Word from Dr. J

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, Dr. Janine Franklin (affectionately known as Dr. J.), LINK’s VP, Programs &

LINK Accepted into IGNITE

We are thrilled to announce that LINK Unlimited Scholars has been accepted into the 2024 cohort of The University of


Virtual Career Connections Collective Panel Series (6:00 – 7:30 pm) We still have one session left in our exciting career

Scholar Spotlight: Mary Raji, Class of 2025

We’re proud to shine the Scholar Spotlight on Mary Raji, an 11th-grader at De La Salle Institute. Mary heard about

Scholar in the News: Addison Belhomme

Join us in congratulating LINK Scholar Addison Belhomme, a 16-year-old junior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, who was recently

New Grade Report Process

Reminder! There’s a new protocol for Jr. LINKers to submit grade reports. Previously, a photocopy was acceptable via email. Now,

In Case You Missed It

We had a fantastic time at our Mentor Happy Hour in January! Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network, exchange ideas,

Mentor Spotlight: Joshua McNabb

Mentor Spotlight: Joshua McNabbFirefighter & ParamedicLINK Alum, LINK Mentor We’re proud to shine this month’s Mentor Spotlight on Joshua McNabb. 

Alumni Spotlight: Ciere Boatright—Part One

Alumni Spotlight: Ciere Boatright—Part OneCommissioner, City of Chicago Department of Planning and DevelopmentLINK Alum, LINK Board Member, Former LINK Mentor

Board Spotlight: Ken Johnson

Board Spotlight: Ken JohnsonManaging Partner and CEO of Johnson, Blumberg & Associates LLCLINK Board Chairman, LINK Mentor Chairman of the

Jr. LINK Scholar Spotlight

This month we’re shining the Jr. LINK Scholar spotlight on Rune Fox (they/them). In spite of facing difficult challenges in

Volunteer Opportunity 

Career Connections Collective Panelists Needed Are you willing to share your career path with our LINK Scholars?  We have one

Save the Date for LINK’s Annual Golf Outing!

Thursday, July 25, 2024 We can’t wait to see you at LINK’s 29th Annual “Driving Fore a Difference” Golf Outing

LINK in the News

We have been making a splash in the news lately, highlighting the impact our work is having on our Scholars

In Case You Missed It

March Saturday Academy It was a busy and exciting day at Saturday Academy on March 2nd. Our High School Fellowship

Upcoming Event

Calling ALL LINK Alumni & Class of 2024 College Graduates SAVE THE DATE!Thursday, June 13 LINK Unlimited Scholars will host

Recent Grants Support LINK’s Impact in Chicago

We’re incredibly grateful to these organizations for investing in the future of Black Scholars!  We appreciate all of our partners

Donor Spotlight: Rashod Johnson

Donor Spotlight: Rashod JohnsonPresident & CEO for Ardmore Roderick LINK Donor We’re proud to shine the Donor Spotlight on Rashod Johnson,

Jr. LINK: In Case You Missed It

While college may be further in the future for our Jr. LINKers, it’s never too soon to start talking about

December Check-Ins

Don’t Forget Your December Check-In! Remember to schedule your December check-in as soon as possible! With the holiday season approaching,

Scholars & Parents: In Case You Missed It

We’ve been very busy these last three months with many opportunities to connect with and make an impact in the


Virtual Career Connections Collective Panel Series (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Join us for this virtual multi-session career panel series where

December and Mid-Year Check-Ins

As a LINK Scholar, you’re required to keep in touch with your Scholar Support Associate monthly. Remember to schedule your

Welcome to Our New Staff Members

Our LINK family is growing, and we’re excited to officially welcome these six new dynamic team members! Katie AbeleAssistant to

LINK in the News

Take a look at all the ways we’re spreading the LINK mission—and please share the good news on your social

Recent Grants

Recent Grants Affirm LINK’s Mission and Impact We’re so grateful to the Finnegan Family Foundation, the Chicago Sunday Evening Club,

Internship Opportunities

As LINK Alumni, you may be interested in the following internship opportunities: Greenwood Project (Open to current college sophomores and

Alumni Spotlight: Zachary Tobias, Class of ’23

We’re shining our Alumni Spotlight on Zachary Tobias this month. Now a freshman at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Zachary

Mentors: In Case You Missed It

We launched our new Group Mentor initiative and hosted a Match Night on November 2 to connect 45 scholars with

Mentor Spotlight: Franklin Reynolds (LINK Class of ’98)

We’re proud to shine the Mentor Spotlight on Franklin Reynolds this month. After graduating from De La Salle Institute as

Volunteer Opportunity

Career Connections Collective Panelists Needed Are you willing to share your career path with our LINK Scholars? We’re seeking several

Celebrating College Acceptances

Hard work pays off! Please join us in congratulating these LINK Scholars on their recent college acceptances! Congratulations, Scholars! We

LINK in the News

Take a look at how LINK Unlimited Scholars is making waves in the news! The Weekly Citizen newspaper highlighted Jr.

Young Alumni Spotlight: Mahogani Anderson, Class of 2023

We’re so proud to shine the “young alumni” spotlight on Mahogani Anderson, Class of 2023, who is now beginning her

Alumni Spotlight: Steven Hunter, Class of 1998

We’re so proud to shine the alumni spotlight on Steven Hunter, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director at McDonald’s Corporation,