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Due to the continuing health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond (VA) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated will host our next biennial Art in the Atrium fundraiser in Spring 2023. In the interim, our community programming continues, as do the associated costs. 

Since we are unable to host Art in the Atrium this year, but are compelled to remain steadfast in our commitment to preparing young people for life beyond graduation, we are asking our donors to make contributions to help us continue this important work. Click here to donate.

Our fundraising efforts support our signature community service project, Focused Motivated Achievers at Franklin Military Academy or FMA2 as well as other community programs. This program, now in its 7th year, focuses on teen mentorship, leadership and engagement of talented young female cadets. While much of our activity has shifted to virtual events, we continue to actively engage with our scholars, provide educational enhancements and safe cultural opportunities. This program has helped change lives, fortify families and strengthen communities.

The program has helped these young ladies soar to new heights. Some of their accomplishments are listed below:

  • One of our scholars holds the highest office in the school: 2021 Battalion Commander
  • Three scholars are completing the Early College Academy dual enrollment program – leading to a 2021 A.A. degree
  • Five scholars have perfect attendance, rank in the top 10 of the senior class and hold senior class officer positions
  • Six scholars are National Honor Society members, achieved scholar roll and have been accepted to 4 year colleges and universities
  • Seven scholars are working/participating in extracurricular activities such as cheerleading, Mayor’s Youth Academy, Young Business Builders, Youth Justice, Boys & Girls Club and Black Beyond Borders.

Consistent with their school attendance, the participation rate in FMA² is over 80%. Our scholars have demonstrated significant personal growth with self-image/self-esteem and exhibit self-initiative by participation in service projects, leadership roles at school, and positive interactions with mentors.