Bridge Builders COLLABORATE 2017 Summer Conferences Begin Today!

Posted by knetzler on Jun 12, 2017

BRIDGES’ legacy program helps local youth collaborate with diverse peers, unlock leadership potential, and become a force for positive community change.

What does a student from Whitehaven have in common with one from Millington? What can a young person growing up in Collierville and another from Cooper-Young learn from one another? What does a teenager from West Memphis share with one from Germantown? And more importantly, how can they all work together to make Memphis better?

They’re about to find out.

Today marks the start of BRIDGES’ 29th annual Bridge Builders COLLABORATE program year, which unites more than 1,000 youth in grades 7-12 from more than 50 zip codes across Shelby County, Eastern Arkansas, Northern Mississippi, and beyond.

Through a unique curriculum of leadership and diversity trainings, electives, and community action projects, Bridge Builders youth learn how to bridge cultural, racial and socioeconomic divides in order to initiate and lead complex responses to issues that affect their lives and the wellbeing of the entire community.

The Bridge Builders class of 2018 will begin their participation in this yearlong program with summer leadership conferences, starting today, June 12. Each weeklong conference culminates in a powerful Friday-night induction ceremony, beginning June 16.

Facilitated by BRIDGES staff, these conferences continue through July 28.

For a view of the summer conference experience from the student perspective, check out our Bridge Builders COLLABORATE program video:

Bridge Builders Summer Conference Locations:

  • Grades 7-10 meet at the BRIDGES Center (477 N. Fifth St.) daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grade 11 students grade spend their week in residence at the University of Memphis (3615 Central Ave.).
  • Grade 12 students will stay at For The Kingdom Camp and Retreat Center (4100 Raleigh Millington Rd.).

To schedule media interviews with BRIDGES staff or Bridge Builders students, request photos or video, or make further inquiries, email Director of Communications Kat Netzler or call 901.260.3714