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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Why I Serve: Jerome Davis

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 09, 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 Jerome Davis. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. In December of 2016, I graduated from Huntingdon College with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. As an undergraduate, I served as President of the Black Student Union and as a Senate member in the Student Government Association (SGA), as well as being a 2 time letterman of the Huntingdon Hawks Basketball team. I enjoy all things outdoors (fishing, hiking, exploring, etc) and also a

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Why I Serve: Diarra Smith

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 08, 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 Diarra J. Smith and I am a first-year service member with AmeriCorps this upcoming year. I am originally from Memphis, therefore, as a Memphis native, my favorite hobby is eating with a side of Memphis-style barbecue! While home, I truly enjoy hanging out with friends and family, and swimming during these hot summer months. If it’s not yoga on the river, you can catch me at any of the local brunch spots with fellow UT alum. This upcoming

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Coronavirus Prevention and Protocols at BRIDGES

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Mar 06, 2020

Providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff is always our top priority, so BRIDGES is taking some proactive measures to prepare in the event of coronavirus impacting Shelby County. We are monitoring all information coming from the CDC, Tennessee Health Department and Shelby County Health Department on an ongoing basis and adjusting our protocols as recommended by health experts.   BRIDGES is implementing more stringent cleanliness for our activities and spaces, including: requiring all employees to wash their hands before and after group facilitations and workshops deep cleaning and disinfecting surfaces within our facility multiple times daily continuing to provide hand sanitizer to all employees, students, volunteers and visitors requiring anyone

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BRIDGES welcomes five new board members in 2020

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Feb 01, 2020

In their Jan. 30 regular meeting, the BRIDGES Board of Directors unanimously voted in five new members and a new slate of officers for the 2020 term. New Board Members Micah Greenstein Senior Rabbi Temple Israel Micah is a parent of two Bridge Builder alumni and has been involved with BRIDGES for many years. As the eighth senior rabbi in Temple Israel’s 165-year history, Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein has served his congregation for almost three decades, sustaining its position as the largest synagogue in Tennessee and the Deep South. Reflecting Temple Israel’s commitment to serving the greater community, Greenstein was recognized as the first “Memphian of the Year” by Memphis

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