BRIDGES helps youth find their voice, experience their power and build diverse relationships in order to create strong lives and make Memphis a better place to live, work and play.

Though we’re all currently observing Mayor Strickland’s Safer at Home Order and working remotely, our Bridge Builders, AmeriCorps service members, Shelby County Youth Council members and staff are still hard at work creating opportunities for youth to reach across, lead the way and build our communities.


Bridge Builders CHANGE, in partnership with the Shelby County Youth Council and Momentum Memphis, are holding an interest meeting for students, parents, and educators looking to learn how to support Counselors Not Cops: a coalition of Shelby County students and parents looking to reallocate county funding from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to Shelby County schools in order to fund more mental health resources for students in schools.

Join us April 16 from 6:00-7:00pm to learn how you can support our work.



Shelby County Youth Council Virtual Youth Summit

Last November, the Shelby County Youth Council collaborated with Shelby County Government leadership to create an interactive Virtual Youth Town Hall, where young people from all over the Greater Memphis region were invited to share their concerns with public officials, participate in civic engagement workshops and connect with their peers. Now, the Shelby County Youth Council will share out a comprehensive report detailing what they learned about the issues most impacting local teens, utilizing the insights from youth who attended.

25th MLK Day of Service

Come spend a Day ON with us! Bridge Builders and BRIDGES AmeriCorps Members are hosting high school and middle school MLK Day of Service workshops on January 18th, 11:00am – 1:30pm.


Virtual Youth Town Hall

The Shelby County Youth Council, in collaboration with Shelby County, are holding their Virtual Youth Town Hall on Saturday, November 14 from 11AM-1PM.

The Virtual Youth Town Hall will be an experience for the youth of Shelby County to get informed through educated workshops and listen to diverse perspectives and community concerns. By creating an equitable and safe space for youth, the SCYC wants elected officials to gain insight on concerns from youths’ perspectives and construct a plan to fix it.

BRIDGES is collaborating with Facing History and Ourselves Memphis to create a virtual space where middle and high school-aged youth can build a community of healing and discover their civic agency together.

During this virtual event, youth will learn new methods of identifying and combating everyday and systematic racism, and effective self-healing and self-care practices.

Finding Your Voice: This COLLABORATE Spring training focuses on helping students learn more about themselves, find their voice and practice public speaking. (Zoom Meeting)  20 slots available for each

  • Tuesday, April 21st   4p – 5:10p
  • Thursday, April 23rd   4p – 5:10p
  • Saturday, April 25th 2p – 3:10p
  • Saturday, April 25th 10:30a – 11:40a

Treat Yourself: An experience designed to help students relax while teaching them to build a self-care home regimen. (Zoom Meeting) 15 spots available 

  • Thursday, April 23rd   2p – 3:30p
  • Friday, April 24th   2p – 3:30p
  • Tuesday April 28th   2p – 3:30p

Quaran-Tea Time: Team BRIDGES hosts an hour of virtual games and challenges providing a fun opportunity to connect with peers during this quarantine season. (Zoom Meeting)  30 spots available

  • Wednesday, April 22nd   1p – 2p

Iris Orchestra Virtual Concert: listen and interact with the orchestra with fellow Bridge Builders (Zoom Meeting) 20 spots available

  • Friday, April 24th 11a – noon

Music Lounge: Need to zone out to good tunes and connect with your Bridge Builders (Zoom Meeting) 30 spots available

  • Friday, April 24th 7p – 8p