The Community Bridges program year has reached its halfway point. Our goal is to ensure the best quality programming for our girls who are mostly first-generation immigrants. This allows for us to focus on the whole girl academically, physically, and socially to provide her the skills, competencies and knowledge to navigate her way through school and life. Additionally, we have strengthened our family engagement model by developing our Family Institute which provides workshops and outreach for the parents/guardians of our girls to ensure that skills that are being taught in the program are being reinforced positively in the home environment. Below are a few samples of current numbers of children served and success stories.
Number of girls currently being served in FY 13: 129
Number of families currently being served in FY 13: 110
Sample of Girls Activities Exploring identity, self-esteem, self-advocacy, leadership, goal-setting and conflict resolution in FY 13:
Sample Success Stories (October-January):
Community Bridges 2012-2013 program year kicked off on Monday, October 8th, 2012. This is our 15th year of providing out-of-school time programing designed to empower diverse girls to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women. We look forward to making this year even stronger and more exciting and fulfilling for our participants and families!
The Community Bridges staff grew over the summer as we welcomed our new Director of Programs Allison Jones, Elementary School Program Manager Sia Boima, and Middle School Program Manager Gillian Caplan. We have a strong program team going into this new year. In addition, long time program managers Crystal Adegbola and Lauren Wetherell transitioned to Youth Development Consultants and continue to add their 8 combined years of experience to the program team.
In early August, all incoming staff members and one program assistant intern attended the Advancing Youth Development training. It is a 30 hour training for frontline workers provided by DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. It trains participants in the principles and best practices of positive youth development.
This year our dedicated staff and volunteers work with more than 150 girls at 11 Montgomery County Public Schools.
For the 2012-2013 school year we have six overaching goals we will try to achieve with our participants. We want our girls to demonstrate:
We hope to achieve these goals through a combined approached with the principles of social work theory, youth development, and popular education. We value our participants’ lived experiences, expose them to new experiences and ideas, and inspire them to become advocates for positive change in their communities.
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