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Fall TRAINING opportunities for 7th-12th graders:
Wednesday, October 16th 9:00am-12:00pm at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105) 100 spots available
Saturday, October 26th 1:30pm-4:30pm at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105) 100 spots available
Sunday, October 27th 2:00pm-5:00pm at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105) 100 spots available
Bridge Builders will develop unique connections with each other through communication and team building activities.
Tuesday, October 1st, 5:45pm-7:00pm
7th-12th Letters in Motion Cloud901 Elective at Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 38111)
Students will learn the art of graffiti-style lettering. 20 spots available.
Thursday, October 3rd, 4:30pm-6:30pm
7th-12th Bike Safety Elective at Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative (1000 Cooper St., 38104)
Join our friends at Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op to learn bike safety tips and tricks for staying safe on the road. You’ll learn the rules of the road and have the chance to put your newfound knowledge to work with a spin around First Congo’s parking lot. 20 spots available.
Saturday, October 5th, 10:00am-12:00pm
7th-12th If I Had a Camera Elective at Art Museum University of Memphis (3750 Norriswood Ave., 38152)
Bridge Builders will view the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of Art Shay, a prominent photographer in 20th century America, and discuss parallels between Shay’s photographs and current issues in our city. 30 spots available.
Wednesday, October 9th, 5:45pm-7:00pm
7th-12th Characters in Clay Cloud901 Elective at Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 38111)
Students will learn to create their own characters and turn their drawings into 3-D sculptures using wire, wood, and sculpey. This session is guided by Cloud901’s Clay specialist. IMPORTANT NOTE: please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. 20 spots available.
Monday, October 14th, 10:45am-3:00pm
9th-12th This Land is Your Land Poetry + Open Mic Elective at Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 38111)
This Land is Your Land explores the concept of identity, ownership and heritage as it relates to the American teachings of colonialism. 35 spots available
Friday, October 18th, 7:30am-6:00pm
9th-12th TeamBRIDGES Climbing Trip Elective at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Join TeamBRIDGES for an all-day climbing trip to Tishomingo State Park! Students will have the opportunity to climb and rappel off natural rock faces in the park with guidance from TB staff. Details regarding transportation and gear will be emailed separately. 12 spots available.
Saturday, October 26th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
7th-12th Poetry Writing Elective at Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 38111)
Come participate in a poetry writing workshop in the Cloud901 Teen Lab! 35 spots available.
COMMUNITY ACTION opportunities:
Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 31st
7th-12th Choose Your Own Community Action at various locations
We recognize we have a number of students who complete service projects around the city through other organizations, and we want to honor that involvement. Students will be emailed instructions on how to log their hours. 150 spots available.
Saturday, October 5th, 11:15am-1:00pm
7th-12th Intergenerational Youth Action Networking Lunch Community Action at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Join us for the 3rd Youth Action Networking Lunch of the year! We are inviting the people of Memphis to come together, eat, learn about the awesome youth-led work happening in Memphis, and build relationships with each other. The purpose of this day is to build power with Memphis youth AND adults so we can unite, get our voices heard, so we can create a more just, more equitable, and better Memphis for ALL. Lunch will be provided. 20 spots available. NOTE: parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. 20 spots available.
Thursday, October 10th, 4:45pm-7:00pm
7th-12th MASHA Title IX Focus Group Community Action at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Join the MASHA cohort to discuss local school district compliance with Title IX and the culture of misconduct in those districts. 10 spots available.
Saturday, October 12th, 12:00pm-4:00pm
9th-12th LITE Memphis Community Action & Elective at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
LUNCH PROVIDED. Are you interested in leading change in Memphis on an issue that you are passionate about? Participate in this workshop where you will learn what it takes to start your own non-profit or campaign! The workshop will also be a competition. 30 spots available.
Saturday, October 19th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
7th-12th National Period Day Rally Community Action at Overton Park (1914 Poplar Ave., 38104)
1 in 4 American women have had to choose between a meal and period products. Come support the fight against period poverty, period stigma, and the tampon tax! Wear red, bring signs, and bring pads and tampons to donate to our drive! Families are welcome and encouraged to join. 80 spots available.
Sunday, October 20th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
7th-12th Carnes Garden Community Action at Decatur Street Tree Garden (391 Decatur St., 38105)
Bridge Builders will work with members of the West TN Urban Forestry Council to install labels that identify native trees in the Carnes Garden Arboretum. 30 spots available.
Thursday, October 24th, 5:00pm-7:30pm
7th-12th Intergenerational Juvenile Justice Consortium Community Action at National Civil Rights Museum (Hooks Hyde Hall, 450 Mulberry St., 38103)
This meeting will focus on the current state of Juvenile Justice in Memphis and will be aimed at educating the community about what is currently happening and how youth, parents, and community members can play a role in reform efforts to strengthen and make our juvenile justice system more effective, restorative, and equitable. NOTE: Parents are encouraged to attend with their student. 15 spots available.
Friday, November 1st, 4:15pm-6:30pm
7th-12th Integrating Schools into Community – Community Action at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Students will work together to explore the impact teaching styles have had on their learning experience and to discuss ways teaching methods can reflect the needs of students in a community. PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED. 20 spots available.
Saturday, November 9th, 3:00pm-7:00pm
7th-12th Youth Ignite Memphis Community Action & Elective at BRIDGES (477 N. 5th St., 38105)
Youth will present their ideas to an audience of Memphis youth, community leaders, and key stakeholders on how they can help create real change in the Greater Memphis community. This event is open to the public, so bring a friend! 150 spots available.