The vision of the National Trends and Services facet is to eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education, and service. Our organizational mission is to empower the Topeka community in which we live and work. Our goal includes increasing collaborative partnerships; and extending our existing initiatives to include communities identified as having the greatest need. The Topeka (KS) Chapter is launching a leadership academy targeting African American in the local community.

About the Academy

“Black women are born leaders. We are the backbone of our communities, key providers in our homes, and over the years, in many ways, we have been the oil in the engine of change that has transformed nations. Yet, too often, our leadership strengths and capabilities are minimized, prematurely compartmentalized, or actively silenced. In spaces of official leadership, we are commonly missing, though clearly in action. We make sure what needs to be done, gets done, but rarely do we take center stage, receive due credit, or assume the mantle of leadership in any formally designated way. No more.  Now is the time to own, and fully step into the breadth of our greatness. Now is the time to lead.”      - Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, Ph.D., author How Black Women Lead:  Unlocking the Secrets to Phenomenal Success in Career and in Life

The Sister Citizen Leadership Academy (SCLA) is a pilot project of The Topeka (KS) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated designed to encourage, train and mentor African American women to discover, grow and maximize their leadership potential in four distinct categories: 

       I.   Personal Leadership Presence

       II.  Professional Leadership Development    

       III. Community Advocacy and Involvement    

       IV. Mentoring and Growing Future Leaders
 
The benefits of the Sister Citizen Leadership Academy are numerous. By participating in the Academy, African American women will gain an appreciation of their personal leadership strengths, explore a diverse number of innovative leader ideas, enhance their skills and capacity for addressing the challenges they, their families or their communities will face. They will work to sustain their progress by developing a project that passes along their learnings and encourages leadership development in African American girls.