Selma Links closing the gap for success after High school
Published 6:23 pm Friday, April 8, 2022
By Staff Report
The Selma Times-Journal
The Selma Chapter of the Links Incorporated partnered with area schools as part of our Services to Youth Program “Closing the Gap for Success after High School” designed to prepare young people to succeed as productive citizens in the global workforce and promote healthy lifestyles.
The program’s participants this year included young adults in foster care who are especially vulnerable in the transition to adulthood. Thirty five students from Selma High School and Dallas County ranging from 9th to 12th grade were engaged in five sessions that focused on skills for independent living and life after high school.
The five sessions conducted throughout the months of February and March with speakers in Dallas County and the surrounding areas were as follows:
• Session One – Bullying Prevention and Self-Esteem with emphasis on conflict resolution on jobs which was presented by Bree Williams, student at University of Alabama studying mental health.
• Session Two – Health and Wellness by Carolyn Deyampert-Grider who spoke on healthy eating and daily exercise.
• Session Three – auto insurance and gap insurance presented by LaShauna Taylor, agency owner of Farmers Insurance.
• Session Four – Financial Literacy provided by Tanesha Purifoy who is manager at Wells Fargo bank here in Selma.
• Session Five – Career Development, Financial Aid and Scholarships presented by Dr. Willetta Conner with the Alabama Department Education.
The program ended March 27th with a graduation for the participating seniors held at Selma Performing Arts Building.
The speaker for the occasion was Ivana Angion, a social studies teacher at Park Crossing in Montgomery, former participant in Services to Youth Programs.
Each of the seniors at the graduation received a scholarship for 100 dollars.
During the celebration, the chair of the Services to Youth program, LaShundra Taylor, thanked the administration and staff of the participating high schools especially Patricia Farrior and Dorothy Moore.
In addition to the annual youth program, the Selma (AL) Chapter gives out four or more college scholarships every year and encourages students to apply.
To apply, students should check with the counselors at their school.