Youth organizers Shelby County Schools announce comprehensive sexual harassment and bullying policy, strengthened commitment to Title IX

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Nov 23, 2020

Download this press release Youth organizers Shelby County Schools announce comprehensive sexual harassment and bullying policy, strengthened commitment to Title IX MEMPHIS––Bridge Builders CHANGE, a group of youth organizers seeking social justice through community organizing, has partnered with Shelby County Schools (SCS) to implement a new District-wide sexual harassment policy that centers the voices of survivors and ensures clear definitions and procedures for sexual harassment and assault cases.  This unprecedented partnership brings a new understanding between adult policy makers and the youth those policies affect, gives youth voices power, and demonstrates the value of youth-led social change.  In 2016, Bridge Builders CHANGE set goals to end sexual violence in schools

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Shelby County Youth Council and Shelby County Commissioners work together to hold virtual town hall for youth

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Nov 09, 2020

  Download this press release. Memphis, TN​—The Shelby County Youth Council (SCYC), a youth-led and youth-focused advisory council which​ a​ ims to uplift youth voice in local government, will hold a Virtual Youth Town Hall on November 14, 2020 via Zoom. During the event,​ Shelby County youth will speak directly with Shelby County Commissioners with the goal of engaging diverse perspectives around the issues most relevant to youth today. By creating an equitable and safe space for youth to voice their concerns, the SCYC seeks to use the insights unique to young people in constructing a community plan of action with elected officials. The Virtual Youth Town Hall will also

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BRIDGES awarded $50,000 operating grant

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Oct 01, 2020

  Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund announces $2.5 million in grants for recovery and resiliency Second phase of funding brings total deployed to $4.9 million MEMPHIS, TENN. (Oct. 1, 2020) – In its second phase of funding, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, awarded $2,473,791 to stabilize 78 nonprofits that are directly responding to the significant consequences of, and disparities exacerbated by, the public health crisis. Since March, the fund has distributed $4,880,291 to serve 138 distinct organizations, focusing on immediate relief in its first phase of funding and recovery and resiliency efforts in its second phase. Of the 78 agencies served in

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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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