As part of the orientation into the Dayton Chapter of the Links Incorporated, new members of cohort 2018, Marva Cosby, Andrea Doolittle, Maya Dorsey, Jessica Jenkins, Rhonda Smith, Shanetta Sutton and Stacy Thompson Speare-Hardy undertook a service project to support the mission of Daybreak. This is a local non-profit organization whose focus is the elimination of youth homelessness by providing safety and stability for runaway, troubled and homeless youth. The 2018 cohort of seven women researched, planned, and executed a short-term project that aligned with the Links Services to Youth facet, while building and strengthening their bonds of sisterhood.
The cohort agreed to support Daybreak’s Street Outreach program. Annually more than 200 youth drop in to the agency for emergency food, clothing, to take showers, etc. and 70% of the youth are African American. The agency’s ‘wish list’ included the need for personal hygiene items for males and females. Cohort 2018 shopped, assembled and presented to Daybreak leadership 50 cloth backpacks for males and females filled with full sized personal items such as toothpaste, deodorant, haircare products, etc. Each backpack also included a Links ‘love note’ – an encouraging message.
Additionally, to continue the cohort member bonding and for a chance to work along-side some homeless youth who were moving into gainful employment, the group worked as unit for a 3-hour shift at Daybreak’s social enterprise facility that produces and sells dog treats, Lindy’s & Company.