BLACK LIVES MATTER. It shouldn’t have to be said, but it does.

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Jun 03, 2020

To our Bridge Builders, alumni, supporters and community partners: In the coming days, we will be lifting up voices that need to be heard, starting with one of our own young leaders: The late and forever great Malcolm X once said, “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” His words strongly resonate with our current situation. As an African-American, I can say for myself and many others that we are tired. Tired of having to fight tooth and nail to simply breathe in an oppressive space refined over many centuries. The only way racism can be destroyed is for

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Thoughts on Peace and Freedom, written by Bridge Builder Trey McCray III

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Jun 02, 2020

The late and forever great Malcolm X once said, “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Malcolm X’s words strongly resonate with our current situation. As an African-American, I know I can say for myself, and many others, that we are tired. Tired of having to fight tooth and nail to simply breathe in an oppressive space refined over many centuries. Tired of seeing others who look just like us beaten and murdered over and over again. Only to wonder if we will be next and when will be next. In America, it is simply unimaginable to be black

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Bridge Builders Summer Conference 2020

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Apr 29, 2020

Dear supporters, partners, alumni and friends: For the past six weeks, our team has been hard at work figuring out creative ways to bring the magic of the Bridge Builders experience to the small screen, and we’re now preparing to launch our very first virtual Bridge Builders Summer Conference! WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? In accordance with the most current COVID-19 prevention recommendations from health experts, all activities and trainings will be taking place via Zoom so we can observe social distancing and support the #901StayHome effort.   To ensure the Bridge Builders program remains affordable and accessible for all youth who want to participate, we have decreased enrollment fees by

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Choose Hope + 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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