The Edith Norman Finlayson Award for Volunteerism to Youth was awarded to community youth advocate Mavis McCallum (pictured above, second from left). She was presented the award by the Milwaukee Chapter of the Links, Inc. during its recent celebration of the organization’s 50 years of providing leadership, excellence and service to the community.The event was held at
McCallum’s volunteer work on behalf of Milwaukee’s youth is unparalleled. She is the past board chair of New Concepts Self Development Center, former board president of the Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association, founder and past president of the Milwaukee Youth Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, and a board member of the National Youth Law Enforcement Association.
Her philosophy is: “When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow.”
Professionally, she is the retired Deputy Superintendent of the Milwaukee County Detention Center (first African American female).
McCallum continues to be a community activist and resource for those involved with the juvenile judicial system. She has been married to Tom McCallum for 44 years. They have one son Garret.
During the ceremony, McCallum was presented with a monetary award for a community group of her choice that was presented by Links Chapter President JoAnne Williamson, UWM Vice-Chancellor and U.N. Delegate Dr. Joan Prince, Dr. William Finlayson.
A non-profit international women’s civic organization, are, the Milwaukee Chapter of The Links focuses on services to youth, the arts, national trends, international trends, and Health. Over the past fifty years, The Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of The Links Incorporated has been of service in the Community.
The chapter has gifted over $300,000 in educational scholarships, provided ACT/SAT prep courses for high school students, sent laptops in partnership with Jamaica and Africa for students and literacy, and adopted two Milwaukee elementary schools concentrating on social, academic, and cultural programming. It is active in community voter registration initiatives.