Finding the Light + Bridge Builders Program News

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Apr 08, 2020

BRIDGES President and CEO Dana Wilson is here again to wish you and your family health and high spirits, and also to tell you a little about how BRIDGES staff, our AmeriCorps Service Members, and Bridge Builders are continuing to serve our communities during this time.

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A Message from Our President & CEO, Dana Wilson

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Apr 02, 2020

Last week, Mayor Jim Strickland issued a Safer At Home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus and keep our communities safe. Here’s why it’s imperative that we, especially young people, stay inside and limit physical contact with others outside of our homes.

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COVID-19: Program and Event Updates

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Mar 30, 2020

(Published on March 19, 2020; updated on March 30) Due to the most recent COVID-19 prevention recommendations from the CDC, Tennessee Health Department and Shelby County Health Department, BRIDGES will cancel or modify all ongoing program activities now through April 30, 2020. We will miss having all of you here with us, but your health and safety are our most pressing concerns at this time. Please read on to learn more about what this means for your specific participation options. Bridge Builders CONNECT + Team BRIDGES All events today through April 30, 2020 are canceled.  All events after April 30 remain tentatively scheduled. We will let you know if that

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IMPORTANTE: BRIDGES Respondemos a COVID-19

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Mar 13, 2020

Para asegurar la salud y seguridad de nuestros participantes y empleados, BRIDGES comenzará una suspensión temporal de sus actividades y reuniones en persona desde el 13 de Marzo hasta el 30 de Marzo de 2020. Esta ha sido una decisión muy difícil de tomar, pero los acontecimientos a nivel nacional y las condiciones impredecibles en torno a la expansión del COVID-19, nos hacen pensar, como líderes de BRIDGES, que esta es la acción más responsable.  No hemos notado ninguna señal de que hayan enfermos entre nuestros empleados hasta ahora. Sin embargo, estamos tomando todas las precauciones y siguiendo todos los protocolos recomendados por el CDC, Tennessee Health Department y Shelby

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IMPORTANT: BRIDGES Response to COVID-19

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Mar 12, 2020

(Published on March 12; updated March 13, 2020: leer en Español.) To ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff, BRIDGES is initiating a temporary suspension of program activities and in-person gatherings from March 13 through March 30, 2020. This was a difficult decision to make, but because of national developments and rapidly changing conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19, BRIDGES leadership feels this is the most responsible action. We have not seen any indication of illness among our staff at this time; however, we are practicing caution and continuing to follow health protocols recommended by the CDC, Tennessee Health Department and Shelby County Health Department. Building bridges

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Why I Serve: Kylon Wagner

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 12, 2020

March 8-14 is AmeriCorps Week 2020, and we’re celebrating each day by shining a light on one of the dedicated and hard-working AmeriCorps Service Members serving at BRIDGES!    My name is Kylon Wagner. I’m a 26 year old African American man from Memphis, TN. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Memphis in 2019. Some of my hobbies include soccer and indulging in music. I like to keep sketchbooks with me so that I can jot down sketches, ideas, and more. As someone coming from a blighted neighborhood, it was very important to me that I found a way to give back to communities like

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Why I Serve: Zakeria Clark

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 12, 2020

March 8-14 is AmeriCorps Week 2020, and we’re celebrating each day by shining a light on one of the dedicated and hard-working AmeriCorps Service Members serving at BRIDGES!  My name is Zakeria and I am 26 years old from Memphis, TN. I have my bachelors in psychology from Sewanee: The University of the South. I also have my masters in developmental disabilities from Nova Southeastern University. I am currently pursuing my certification in applied behavior analysis, to further my knowledge to be a better service of our youth. I have always enjoyed working with youth of all ages and being a mentor to them. I knew my career choice was going

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Why I Serve: Jasmine Hill

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 12, 2020

March 8-14 is AmeriCorps Week 2020, and we’re celebrating each day by shining a light on one of the dedicated and hard-working AmeriCorps Service Members serving at BRIDGES!  My name is Jasmine Hill.  I am 23 years old and I was born and raised in Memphis, TN.  I am currently a University of Memphis undergraduate student due to graduate in Memphis, TN.  My major is Integrative Studies with a concentration in Youth Services. I thoroughly enjoy cooking, as I like to try new recipes.  I also love trying new local restaurants as I consider myself as being a foodie. I also like singing and dancing, as I prefer doing it in

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Why I Serve: Reid Tinker

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 11, 2020

March 8-14 is AmeriCorps Week 2020, and we’re celebrating each day by shining a light on one of the dedicated and hard-working AmeriCorps Service Members serving at BRIDGES!  My name is Reid Tinker. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Philosophy. I am currently applying to Master’s Programs in order to become a therapist/ counselor (hopefully I will continue to primarily work with youth in that field). My interests and hobbies are numerous and constantly in rotation. I love to rock-climb, play music, yoga, bike around Memphis, or stay in with my roommates watching movies or playing games.  My senior year of college was during the 2016 election.

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Why I Serve: Kiera Aycock

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 10, 2020

March 8-14 is AmeriCorps Week 2020, and we’re celebrating each day by shining a light on one of the dedicated and hard-working AmeriCorps Service Members serving at BRIDGES!    Hello, I am Kiera Aycock and I’m so thrilled to be serving as an AmeriCorps member with BRIDGES this year! I am a recent graduate from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. During my free-time I enjoy traveling, catching up with friends, watching television and film, and finding new music. I chose to serve through AmeriCorps to give back to the city and program that gave so much to me. This program helped me focus on what values

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