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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Hosts 20th Annual “Respect Yourself” Youth Symposium

— The theme, “RESPECT AND PROTECT” is for middle school students and will focus on positive self-esteem, reinforcing non-violence and health and safety awareness. —

The Links Incorporated

Oakland, CA — The Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of The Links, Inc. (ACCL) will host the 20th Annual “Respect Yourself” Youth Symposium 2016. The symposium is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Samuel Merritt Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland CA. The symposium will be held from 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. There is NO CHARGE to students to attend the symposium and breakfast and lunch will be provided by ACCL.

This annual event services approximately 100 middle school youth from a variety of schools and community centers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in California. This year’s symposium will focus on building Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Students will have a fun filled day of entertainment, workshops and great meals.

Students will attend 50-minute workshops which will include topics on Juvenile Justice/Law, Technology and Innovation, Mental Health and Storytelling. Free bus service will be provided from school sites if 15 or more attendees are confirmed from a location.

“Providing linkages of educational, health and wellness to thousands of students over the past 20 years is a commitment that ACCL is proud of,” says Saundra Jones, President of the Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated


The Respect Yourself Symposium 20 is co-sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Berkeley Alumni Chapter and Samuel Merritt University.


The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters, located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The members of The Links, Incorporated chapters are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation.

The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.


The Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (ACCL) is comprised of African-American women residing in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Founded over 30 years ago, ACCL supports local service agencies serving primarily low-income, inner-city youth and their families through volunteer and fundraising efforts.

For more information about ACCL or the 20th Annual “Respect Yourself” Youth Symposium, please visit www.alamedacontracostalinks.org.


* To arrange interviews or obtain photos of participants, please contact Beverly Harrison at (510) 517-2112 or pasharr@aol.com
* A press pass is required in order to cover the event. Please contact Beverly Harrison to RSVP and for Press Credentials.


Beverly Harrison
Alameda Contra Costa Chapter,
The Links, Incorporated
(510) 517-2112