The Bridge Builders Leadership Board is a committed group of dedicated, hard-working and creative youth leaders who make change in the Greater Memphis community. Members of the Bridge Builders Leadership Board work with BRIDGES staff, community leaders, and other youth to gather information, educate others, build commitment, promote BRIDGES and serve as a youth voice.

The Bridge Builders Leadership Board is the student body government of Bridge Builders. All 7th-12th grade COLLABORATE students have the opportunity to apply for one of the 20 seats on the board. Members work as both student ambassadors and event planners. Every year, the students on the Leadership Board:

  • Plan (at least) three events for their fellow students, including World of Traditions and Fun Nights
  • Take leadership roles for special projects, like storytelling
  • Meet for at least six hours every month
  • Attend one orientation with the BRIDGES staff and subsequent training throughout the year after summer conference

Bridge Builders Leadership Board is open to any student, grades 7-12 currently enrolled in Bridge Builders COLLABORATE.


Our 2016-2017 Bridge Builders Leadership Board:

Bartholomeo Bartholomeo
“Bart” is a 9th grader at Memphis Catholic High School. He is a part of the REP (Refugee Empowerment Program), student government, basketball, and football. His favorite thing about Memphis is the city itself.

Betsy Blumenfeld
Betsy is in the 12th grade at St. Benedict at Auburndale. She is involved quite heavily at SBA. Her involvements include: senior retreat leader, class president, knowledge bowl, and pep club. Her favorite parts of Memphis are the people and the aquifer.

Analyse Capodiferro
Analyse is a junior at St. Benedict at Auburndale. Her involvements include community theater (Theatre Memphis), Desoto family theater, and sometimes SBA theater. Analyse’s favorite part of Memphis is the community that surrounds her.

Addie Haverkost
Addie attends Lausanne Collegiate School as a senior. She plays volleyball and basketball, runs track, and participates in the spirit committee, as a school ambassador, in the national honor society, and in Big Lynx-Little Lynx. Addie’s favorite parts of Memphis are Shelby Farms, the Greenline, and Midtown.

Morghan Hill
Morghan is a senior at Middle College High School. She is a part of the Links CLASP (Cotillion Leadership and Service Program), teenage improvement club, and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). Cultural diversity and history are Morghan’s favorite part of Memphis.

Miracle Ingram
Miracle is our lone Mississippian on the Board. She is in the 12th grade at Desoto Central High School. Miracle is a part of the student council, choir, interact club organizations, and national honor society at her school. According to Miracle, Memphis is great because of the wonderful BRIDGES organization!

Jada Okhiria
Jada is in the 10th grade at Briarcrest School. She is involved with Wilson Society, Class president, Pinky Promise, competitive tennis and track and field. Jada loves the people and southern hospitality in Memphis.

Rachel Patterson
Rachel is a senior at Lausanne Collegiate School. She is involved in cheerleading, Jack & Jill, DECA, and Cotillion. She loves everything in Memphis, from the food to the athletics.

Jada Powell
Jada is a sophomore at Freedom Preparatory Academy. She is heavily involved at FPA, including: Eureka STEM program, 100 Girls Code, Zeta Phi Beta Archonette Youth Club, mythology club, ultimate Frisbee, Girl Scouts, student government association class president, and National Honor Society. Her favorite thing about Memphis is how the majority of people are willing to make a change.

Rebecca Price
Rebecca is a junior at Lausanne Collegiate School. She is a member of the varsity and club soccer teams. Rebecca is also president of the aerospace club and on the Teen Advisory Board at the Germantown Library. She thinks Memphis is “a caring community with lots of history, art, music, diversity, and opportunities.”

Joseph Reese
Joseph is a senior at Middle College High School. He helps out at tutoring for AP physics and also the study group, at occasional Quaker meetings, and volunteers as an usher at Theatre Memphis. His favorite part of Memphis is the combination of diversity and willingness to ask questions about that diversity.

Rossana Sandoval
Rossana is a senior at White Station High School. At White Station High School, she is president of Eboard, a model United Nations member, and vice president of multi-cultural club. She also volunteers at the Main Library. Her favorite thing about Memphis is the great barbecue.

Taylor Suggs
Taylor is an 12th grader at Memphis Central High School. She manages her school’s soccer team, volunteers with younger youth, and participates in LITE Memphis. Taylor’s favorite things about Memphis are the different backgrounds, history, and cultures embedded in the city.

Xinyi Tan
“Cindy” is a sophomore at White Station High School. Her involvement at WSHS is tied with the WSHS Eboard and the WSHS lacrosse team. Cindy’s favorite things about Memphis are the Redbirds and the barbecue.

Martel Thomas
Martel is a junior at Memphis Central High School. His extracurriculars include FBLA, student council, and Mu Alpha Theta. His favorite thing about Memphis is the Memphis Grizzles basketball team.

Jaylon Waters
Jaylon is a senior at City University School of Liberal Arts. He is the assistant student activities director and cheerleader at City University. His favorite thing about Memphis is the choices of colleges in the city.

Bridget Weldon
Bridget is in the 10th grade at St. Agnes Academy. At SAA, she is involved in the CBHS/SAA pom squad, model United Nations, Y/G, and the SAA theater program. Her favorite things about Memphis are the diversity of cultures and the art.

Devante’ Willis
Devante’ is in the 8th grade at Bellevue Middle School. He is a member of the choir and the Gent League at Bellevue. His favorite three things in Memphis are the food, family, and art.