In April 1989, the late Mary E. Bryant, a former assistant superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, and the late Geraldine L. Barnes, a Hillsborough County social worker for over thirty years, established Project LINK.
North Boulevard subsidized housing community was faced with increasing truancy challenges, which led to the formation of this organization.
They would recall times when they drove to work and saw youth loitering without a productive purpose.
It was during these times that children living in West Tampa were bussed to twelve different schools across the county.
The purpose of Project LINK is to bridge the gap between parents and school administrators in order to enhance academic achievement, improve attendance, and strengthen relationships between parents and school administrators.
These two powerful advocates within the West Tampa community, lead the charge for equitable family engagement focusing on meaningful engagement activities, as well as systems between schools and parents which do not characterize or treat specific groups as deficient in their level of engagement or approach to education.
An initial planning grant was awarded to Project LINK in July 1990 by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County for the development of a community-based resource center program.
Through the planning grant, Project LINK was able to develop the organization in a way that contributed to its longevity.
Our program has served over 128,000 families countywide, thereby contributing to healthy, safe, educated, and active children.