The Bridge Builders Leadership Council is a group of dedicated, hardworking, and creative youth leaders who make change in the Greater Memphis community.

The Bridge Builders® COLLABORATE Leadership Council is a group of dedicated, hard-working 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.

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

  • Large Scale events at BRIDGES
  • Facilitation of Spring/Fall Training
  • Teambuilding
  • Thank-a-thon (thank you’s to our donors!)
  • Parent Orientation
  • 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 7-12th 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.

If you are interested in applying for the BBCLC please click the link to apply:

Grade starting in Fall 2019:
School attending in Fall 2019:

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Current Extra-Curricular Activities (including the hours of commitment each week):

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Question 1: Please explain why you are interested in becoming a member of the COLLABORATE Leadership Council. What skills will you bring to this experience? What would you like to gain from this experience?

Question 2: There will be 12 - 15 diverse students on the COLLABORATE Leadership Council. What are (2) challenges you see to working in a group this size? What talents will you bring to meet those challenges?

Please respond to the following essay prompts. Attach each essay separately. There is a 300 word count on essay.

Essay Question 1: The responsibilities of the Leadership Council include facilitating electives focused on current events and “hot button” issues. If you were given the chance to design one of these conversations what issue would you choose? Why is it important for Bridge Builders to discuss this topic? How would you make sure the conversation is inclusive of everyone and their diverse opinions and perspectives?

Recommendation: Please provide the email addresses for a (2) recommenders. We will send an email to the selected people.

Please attach your resume.

I understand that completing this application does not guarantee selection for the Bridge Builders Leadership Council and that the information presented here is true and accurate. I have read and understood the requirements for maintaining membership on the Bridge Builders Leadership Council. Once your application is submitted, your application will be processed and reviewed if selected for an interview all interviews will take place on August 10th.

If selected for the Bridge Builders COLLABORATE Leadership Council, I understand that I am required to attend a mandatory orientation on August 24th from 9am-5pm and Council Trip September 28th.

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