Community Bridges Inc.
620 Pershing Drive, 2nd Floor
Cynthia L. James
Cynthia L James, Michael Wanyama, Jarnell Bonds, June Mickens, Brad Stewart, Maryam Mujahid, Jeanette O'Connor, Shannon Billlings, Elizabeth Dahan
Community Bridges empowers diverse girls to become exceptional students, positive leaders and healthy young women. We believe that all girls are infinitely capable of succeeding in life as strong and confident young women.
The mission of Community Bridges (CB) is to empower diverse girls to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women. Founded in 1997 as a youth development organization committed to meeting the needs of under-served, low-income and immigrant girls, in the Long Branch community of East Silver Spring, in 1998 CB launched Jump Start Girls! Adelante Ninas!, a leadership and empowerment program for girls. This program was created in response to the needs expressed by the schools in meeting the needs of low-income adolescent girls in middle school. Since that time, CB has added elementary and high school aged girls (9-18) through programs such as Glow! Young Women Leading the Way and our Family Institute designed to begin a process of equipping families with the tools and competencies needed to reinforce empowerment skills in their daughters. In the 2011-2012 school year, CB's programs served approximately 124 girls and families at 12 schools through after-school programs and events. Since its founding, CB has helped empower almost 2,000 girls in Montgomery County.
Community Bridges was founded to address the needs of underserved young women living in poverty (primarily immigrants), grounded in studies and statistics. Through research and conversations with Montgomery County officials there is great need and desire for the girls in the public school system to have programming that not only teaches them about being healthy young women and respecting their bodies, but also provides them with key prevention techniques and services to ensure that they lead a better quality of life for themselves and others. The girls we serve will have a greater chance at reaching their fullest potential while overcoming the barriers in their families, schools and communities that limit their growth. Additionally, through providing wrap-around services and skill development to the parents of our girls, we feel strongly that instilling the skills and competencies and self-empowerment techniques will last longer and shift the trajectory of our girls' lives.