Dana Wilson officially named President and CEO of BRIDGES

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Jan 22, 2020

Dana Wilson has become the new President and CEO of BRIDGES USA as of January 2020, succeeding former CEO Cynthia Ham. Wilson, who has been with the organization for over 10 years, was selected by unanimous vote of the BRIDGES Board of Trustees on Sept. 27, 2018. This is the first time in BRIDGES’ history that the board has chosen a staff member from within the ranks as the next leader of the organization. “Dana is uniquely suited for this job,” said Ham. “She has the passion for youth leadership development, valuable education credentials, management experience, fundraising abilities, a collaborative nature and an abiding love of Memphis. BRIDGES is a

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Shelby County youth come together to enact change, influence local policy

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Jan 15, 2020

The Shelby County Youth Council, a youth-led and youth-focused advisory council which provides feedback and recommendations on Shelby County policy, will hold their inaugural Shelby County Youth Summit on February 21, 2020 at BRIDGES, USA. The Youth Summit is a free event that will bring together 200 youth from all over Shelby County to discuss how our community’s most pressing issues affect all youth and to create solutions. Attendees will participate in workshops to learn more about criminal justice, poverty, education, mental health, and transportation issues. At the end of the summit, a representative from each focus area will share group feedback with key Shelby County stakeholders. Dara Adamolekun, a

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Applications Open For 2019-2020 Shelby County Youth Council

Posted by knetzler on Aug 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 12, 2019 Memphis, TN – Shelby County Commissioners and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris are looking for young people who are passionate about civic engagement and want to develop a working knowledge of county government. This first-ever investment in a Shelby County Youth Council was accomplished in partnership with youth leaders trained by the local nonprofit BRIDGES. BRIDGES’ work with youth dates back to 1988 and they are currently working “on the forefront of the national movement for youth-led social change.” “As a Bridge Builder alum, I am proud of Bridge Builders CHANGE for taking on this initiative. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of

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Meet BB Alum Maya Benson

Posted by knetzler on Jul 30, 2019

Our newest BRIDGES staffer, donor relations specialist Maya Benson, is a Bridge Builder alum and a 2015 graduate of White Station High School. Maya double-majored in international studies and German and earned a minor in nonprofit management at the University of Memphis, and we are so excited to welcome her back to BRIDGES! How did your experience as a Bridge Builder influence your path after high school? Bridge Builders kind of threw me for a loop, experiencing other places in Memphis I had never been and meeting other people who were completely different for me. It definitely helped shape me to focus on leadership and communication. I wanted to know

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Bridge Builder David Lee Earns 2019 Gates Scholarship

Posted by knetzler on May 20, 2019

Germantown High School graduating senior David Lee, a Bridge Builder of four years and BB CHANGE Fellow, has been named as a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Gates Scholarship. Presented by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the award provides full scholarships for 300 exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority high school seniors from across the country. Lee, of Collierville, has served for the last two years in the Memphis Youth Union cohort of Bridge Builders CHANGE. He plans to attend Duke University this fall, following in the footsteps of his two older sisters and fellow Bridge Builder alums, Christine (’14) and Elizabeth (’17). David drew on his transformative experiences at Bridge Builders

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Jim Keras Subaru’s “Share The Love” Gift Breaks A Record To Build BRIDGES

Posted by knetzler on May 12, 2019

On Friday night, May 10, BRIDGES hosted a special customer appreciation climb night to celebrate Jim Keras Subaru’s record-breaking gift of $42,133 in support of Bridge Builders youth programs. The Jim Keras Subaru team announced last November that BRIDGES would be their selected local beneficiary for the 2018 Subaru of America, Inc., Share the Love event. From November 15, 2018, to January 2, 2019, the company donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased at more than 628 participating Subaru retailers nationwide to the customer’s choice of either a designated hometown organization or one of four national organizations. This year’s total of $42,133 is the most Jim Keras

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Why I Serve: Sarah Ryan

Posted by knetzler on Feb 22, 2019

Graduation from college hit me like a train—fast and hard. Things I knew: I was ambitious and excited to see how my undergrad experience would hold up in the real world. I had fallen in love with Memphis during my undergrad experience, and I wanted to stay here for at least another year. Things I did not know: What in the world I was doing. In the months leading up to graduation, I watched my roommates and friends accept job offers and decide on graduate programs, all while I was struggling to define a tangible first step toward my distant goal of a graduate school education. I knew that I

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Why I Serve: Annevvia Madden

Posted by knetzler on Feb 08, 2019

I had been working in the healthcare field for five years before I decided to a do an AmeriCorps service year with Bridge Builders. I was not happy with where my career was headed and I needed to make a major career change. I knew two things: I wanted to work with students, and BRIDGES is a fun way to do that. I’d served with BRIDGES before, as a College Corps volunteer and as a Resident Advisor for 11th and 12th grade Bridge Builders COLLABORATE summer conferences. The experience was good enough for me to return, but this service year has gone far above my expectations. This is an organization

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New Senior Leadership Promotions At BRIDGES!

Posted by knetzler on Feb 02, 2019

BRIDGES is proud to announce the promotion, effective Feb. 1, 2019, of Mario Hendrix to Vice President of Bridge Builders and Tosca Nance-Jones to Vice President of Community Engagement.  Hendrix, an alumnus of the youth program, has been a part of the BRIDGES family for more than 25 years, most recently serving as Senior Director of Bridge Builders. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Memphis and master’s in psychology from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive Class and New Memphis Institute Fellows program. Hendrix is a winner of the Memphis Beat the Odds Cathryn Rivers Johnson Award and was named to the Memphis Business

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Six New Members Join BRIDGES Board of Directors

Posted by knetzler on Jan 31, 2019

In their Jan. 31 regular meeting, the BRIDGES Board of Directors unanimously voted in six new members and a new slate of officers for the 2019 term. The new BRIDGES Board members are: Susan Christian Vice President of Marketing & Federal Advocacy Ritter Communications  Susan joined Ritter Communications in 2005 and has served as vice president of marketing since 2008. Susan leads all of the company’s communication and advertising efforts, serves as an official spokeswoman for company-related matters, works closely with cable networks regarding negotiations, and supervises the “Tubetown” staff, Ritter’s local content production team. During her time at Ritter, Susan was previously responsible for managing the company’s residential customer

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