The purpose of LINKS is to advance student learning, success, and development in a proactive, deliberate, developmental manner by establishing a personal relationship with at least one consistent adult who facilitates weekly lessons and serves as an advocate for their students. LINKS provides a vehicle for schools to 'link' to other school and community initiatives and develops the whole child through a system of individualized supports for each student.

The LINKS curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between what is taught in the core curriculum and the skills necessary for success in school, post-secondary education and the work place by addressing six major skills areas:

  • School Success Skills

  • Academic Planning

  • Career Exploration

  • Post-Secondary Planning

  • Interpersonal/Life Skills

  • Work Ethic

Why do we need LINKS?

Students need a caring adult to provide individualized support to successfully navigate school, develop personalized plans and to prepare for 21st Century success. It is the goal of LINKS to decrease the erosion of young lives. In West Virginia...

  • 27% of our students fail to graduate; approximately 3,800 WV students drop out of high school each year.

  • Nearly 7,000 youth appear before a judge or probation officer every year.

  • Only 73 of every 100 9th graders in West Virginia earn a high school diploma.

  • Only 15 of these graduates earn a four year degree within six years of graduation.

  • Over 14,000 school-age youth are not in school and not working

  • West Virginia employers report that West Virginia graduates do not have adequate work place readiness skills and are not prepared for success in the workforce.

  • Post Secondary Institutions and data shows that West Virginia students are not prepared for post-secondary success.

  • West Virginia has the highest out-migration and the lowest in-migration in the nation.

  • West Virginia is #1 state in prescription drug use and is increasing in use of illegal drugs annually.

  • Students need skills and knowledge to help them successfully navigate middle and high school and to be prepared for success as 21st Century citizens and the workforce.

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