The Bridge Builders Leadership Council is a group of dedicated, hardworking and creative youth leaders who work directly within the COLLABORATE level of programming. Members of BBCLC play a vital role in internal program development, serving as student recruiters, student facilitators, and event planners throughout the year. They work as a team with BRIDGES staff to assist in efforts to strengthen and represent youth voice.

Meet our 2019-2020 Bridge Builders COLLABORATE Leadership Council:

Name School Grade
Catherine Andrews Houston High School 11
Azana Bruce Whitehaven High School 10
Reid Chauhan MUS 9
Serena Cooper MHAFYOS 10
India Cross Bartlett High School 11
Corinne Emanuel St. Agnes 10
Caroline Finch St. George's Independent School 12
Jaylnn Hayslett Munford High School 11
Laura Isaacs St. Mary's Episcopal School 11
Bayley Jones White Station High School 12
Kyla Kendrick St. Mary's Episcopal School 11
Anna Osias STEAM 8
Sophie Pauti Central High School 12
Devesh Tupkar Houston High School 12
Kaila Wells Germantown High School 12

The BBCLC meets three times a month, on Sundays from 3-5 p.m., but this commitment also requires participation outside of scheduled meeting time! Students participate in:

  • Large-scale events at BRIDGES
  • Facilitation of spring/fall training
  • Team building
  • Thank-a-thons (thank you calls to our donors)
  • Parent orientations
  • Bridge Builders congratulatory phone calls
  • Planning an elective for COLLABORATE students

What makes a strong candidate?
Students who are interested in serving on the council must be a current 7th-12th grader in the Bridge Builders COLLABORATE program level, be hardworking, reliable, and have a passion for Bridge Builders! Students should have a desire to increase their leadership skills and work well on a team. The Council participates in various activities throughout the school year at BRIDGES, so students should be prepared to be flexible.

Application for 2020 – 2021 

Bridge Builders COLLABORATE Leadership Council

  • Fall activities (August-December), including hours per week
  • Spring activities (January-April), including hours per week
  • Please explain why you are interested in becoming a member of the Bridge Builders COLLABORATE Leadership Council. What skills will you bring to this experience? What would you like to gain from this experience?
  • There will be 12-15 diverse students on the COLLABORATE Leadership Council. What are two (2) challenges you see to working in a group this size? What talents will you bring to meet those challenges?
  • One of the responsibilities of the Leadership Council is providing feedback to ensure student responsive programming is designed. We know that youth are the best people to ask when it comes to issues concerning them. If you could incorporate or design something to better serve our Bridge Builder youth what would it be and why? (300 word limit)