Do you want to become an Alumni Ambassador?

There are so many opportunities to become engaged as a Bridge Builders alum. Becoming an Alumni Ambassadors is one of the most intense ways to keep your “ohh wah wah” spirit going! We’re currently looking for alumni who are willing to help us plan events, increase our social media awareness and alumni outreach. If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Ambassador, contact Jouy Thomas at jthomas@bridgesusa.org or 901-260-3755.

Meet your Alumni Ambassadors President: Emmanuel Spence

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How did you first learn about Bridge Builders?

My older brother, Nicholas Spence, was a Bridge Builder. I attended his graduation ceremony and decided that I wanted to become a Bridge Builder! I was attracted to the Bridge’s approach to diversity inclusion, being that my high school was not very diverse.

What is your favorite Bridge Builders memory?

During a community service my junior year, we were tasked with cleaning up the South Memphis area. Initially, I was hesitant because I did not know much about the area and had heard negative things about the community. After cleaning, a South Memphis resident thanked us for cleaning up a neglected community. At that point, I realized that I had a passion for helping low-income communities because they need the most amount of service.

What did you gain by becoming a Bridge Builder?

I gained an appreciation for diversity. The Bridge Builder program was my first experience being around people that were “different” than me (i.e. race, socioeconomic status, etc.). After leaving the program, I actively sought out friends from different races and backgrounds.

What are you doing now? 

I am currently the Development Coordinator for Neighborhood Christian Center. My job responsibilities include supporting the fundraising department, grant writing, donor cultivation, and special event planning.

What’s the best part of being a Bridge Builder alumni?

Being apart of such a unique group of people that value diversity and the Memphis community! Also, networking with fellow alumni has lead to many opportunities!