LINK (Lead, Inspire, Nurture Kids) is the Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth Initiative of Corinth-Alcorn County, Inc. The non-profit organization utilizes its many programs to fulfill its mission to help the youth of Corinth and Alcorn County by exposing them to experiences and events that promote positive behaviors.
Gilham, who has served as president of the LINK Board of Directors since 2007, said she has learned a great deal during her time in the position.
“Communication is essential within an organization and keeping service as your upmost goal — service to the children of Corinth and Alcorn County — and serving both school districts equally was always important,” said Gilham. “We have tried to promote good citizenship and stewardship of the world we live in ... and we do that through the arts programs that we bring into the schools.”
The change came during LINK’s board meeting on Tuesday morning.
The new LINK Board president is a librarian at the Corinth Public Library and has worked with the area schools for many years in his involvement and service with the Crossroads Poetry Project and Corinth Theatre-Arts. He said he originally became involved with LINK when he was asked to participate in the Architectural Discovery Walk.
“I was asked to do the Architectural Tour and they said, ‘You get to dress up,’ and so I spent time dressed up as B.F. Liddon in front of the Coliseum,” said Daniel. “Eventually, I became the program director.”
He said last year he was asked if he would try something new and serve as president of the LINK board. The new president said he had always been in favor of what LINK does for children and how they present a variety of experiences that mean a great to him.
“They do a variety of things, culturally and artistically, and that is where my heart is drawn ... toward anything creative, artistic or historical,” said Daniel.
The board also introduced a new board member, Paulette Justice. Gilham welcomed Justice and said the board tries to keep an even balance of members from both the city and the county.
The initiative and its programs operate on grant funding from the Benjamin and Corinne Pierce Charitable Foundation. Corinth Alcorn Reaching for Excellence (C.A.R.E.), Mississippi Arts Commission, Toyota and contributions from businesses and individuals.
Healthy Communities — Healthy Youth Initiative Founder and LINK advisor Barbara Barrett organized the initiative based on information from CREATE Foundation in 2000 and with help from Kimberly Clark, Caterpillar, The Alliance and the schools.
“It is important that we have had this volunteer organization in the community for 17 years. I think we can be very proud of that,” said Barrett.