Smithsonian Folklife Festival
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.
- Oak View Elementary School
- Broad Acres Elementary School
- Kemp Mill Elementary School
- Rolling Terrace Elementary School
- A. Mario Loiederman Middle School
- Takoma Park Middle School
- Silver Spring International Middle School
- White Oak Middle School
- Eastern Middle School
- Montgomery Blair High School
- Springbrook High School
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:
- Pride in Identity
- Confidence in Self
- Conflict Resolution Skills
- Goal Setting
- Positive Leadership
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.
Field Trip to Smithsonian Folklife Festival