to EXCEL EVERYDAY
Operation Link-Up is a youth organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Each week, youth between the ages of 12-18 are equipped to excel through our innovative empowerment programs. Operation Link-Up, also known as O.L.U., began in 1996 and has impacted hundreds of youths in Chicago over the years.
Mentoring, Motivating & Mobilizing Youth...
“OLU has helped me to make the most of my high school years. OLU is positive and fun.” James W.
“I started OLU in 1996. I remember being exposed to so many things that inner-city youth weren’t exposed to.” Sharla G.
“I enjoy the opening prayers that we do at OLU. I have also improved my reading skills.” Camilla H.
“OLU has helped to lead me into the right path. It also has helped work through many problems.” Inell C.
“OLU has taught me that it is okay to be angry as long as I don’t lose control and take out my anger on others.” Bradley A.
“Since I have been in OLU, I have learned to control my attitude and how to make it through teen life.” LaKeisha E.
“OLU gave me a place to belong when I was younger. I felt accepted and at peace that is why I came there everyday.” Shanelle S.
“OLU is a good place to be. It helps me to think more positive. They also tutor me and teach me to be on time.” DeAngelo S.
“I love being a part of OLU. I appreciate them helping to define things for me when I’m doing my homework.” Jim A.
“I learned not to go with the wrong crowd through Operation Link-Up” Shelby S.
“Their academics helped me to bring my letter grade up. I started OLU with a D average and I came out with a B average.” Sidney J.
that TRANSFORM TEENS
to MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Partnership is a big deal to us at Operation Link-Up. We seek to establish meaningful connections not only with youth but also with community partners. Through strong partnership we combine our efforts and resources to have a greater impact.
We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with parents as they strive to raise their teens. We gladly supplement the efforts of many parents by providing a positive space for their youth after-school and on some weekends.
We work directly with local schools by assisting their efforts to raise the level of academic and behavioral excellence among their students.
We provide regular forums that bring local law enforcement officers and youth together for positive engagement, understanding, and fun.
CHURCHES & MINISTRIES
We partner with local pastors by welcoming youth from their ministries into our empowerment programs. We also greatly benefit from having volunteers from local ministries on our leadership team.
We partner with the Juvenile Courts to assist youth in restorative services every week. We also assist in the completion of court appointed assignments.
We work closely with corporations who share common interests in reaching teens. Through their donations and grants we are able to facilitate community events for teens and families.
& SPECIAL PROGRAMS