Bridge Builders COLLABORATE is a year-long leadership program for rising 7th-12th grade students. The program includes a one-week summer leadership conference and six trainings and electives during the school year.

Bridge Builders Application

  • Year (2019-2020)
  • Year (2020-2021)
  • Note: Annual Program Fee is based on annual household income. Proof of income may be requested. Visit to view program fees by grade level.
  • The mission of BRIDGES is to unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. Please answer the following questions:* What does it mean to be a Bridge Builder? If selected, what would you contribute to the Bridge Builders program? What would you hope to gain?
  • If you are currently in the program, you attended the conference last June or July, please skip this question.
  • If you are currently in the program, you attended the conference last June or July, please skip this question.
  • If you are currently in the program, you attended the conference last June or July, please skip this question.
  • Is Parent/Guardian 1 address same as student?
  • Is Parent/Guardian 2 address same as Parent/Guardian 1?
  • Complete this only if you were nominated by a teacher or community member.
  • Complete this only if you were nominated by a teacher or community member.
  • Complete this only if you were nominated by a teacher or community member.
  • This is OPTIONAL--Please provide the name and contact information for two adult references who can speak about the qualities and leadership potential that would make you a strong candidate for this program (references should not include family members).

2020-2021 School Year Application Dates

Date Step
November 8 Application Opens
February 14 Early Application Deadline
March 6 Early Selection Notification*
April 17 Final Application Deadline
April 24 Final Selection Notification*
May 22 Final Enrollment Deadline

*IMPORTANT: Students selected for the program will be notified by email. Selected students must have their parent/guardian attend an orientation and pay their program fee to secure their placement. Program space is limited. Students are encouraged to apply and enroll early.


If you have a specific question about the Bridge Builders COLLABORATE program, you can contact your school sponsor. Don’t see your school in the list below? That means BRIDGES is looking for our next sponsor there! Please contact Bridge Builders Recruitment Coordinator Freddy Dickerson with suggestions.

School Sponsor Name
American Way Middle School Gloria Anderson
Appling Middle School Amy Pintchuck
Arlington High School Melissa Owen
Arlington Middle School Pamela Burt
Bartlett High School Marcy Ross
Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy Miranda Reyes
Bellevue Middle School Kevin Malone / Montanique AbbeyeaBon Lin Middle School Rachel Mogy / Pendora Sumlar
Booker T. Washington High School Tara Harris
Brighton High School Mary Jackson / Dwana Sneed
Brighton Middle School Laura Richardson
Carver College & Career Academy Tracy Gorea
Center Hill High School Danielle Brown
Central High School Tranese Nelms
Chickasaw Middle School Mary Alexander
Christ Methodist Day School Dr. Bryan Williams
Christ The King Lutheran School Angie Acerra
Christian Brothers High School Br. Joel McGraw
Collierville High School Lesley Coleman / Hallie Ross
Collierville Middle School Matt Moskal / Anita Swindle / Ann Blake
Colonial Middle School Tivian Bernard
Compass Community Schools – Binghampton (K-8) Michelle Webster
Compass Community Schools Midtown (7-12) Lolita Miller
Cordova High School Natasha Seymour
Cordova Middle School Natasha Medford
Crosstown High School Ginger Spickler
Cummings Middle School Maria Austin
DeSoto Central High School Adrian McNeil
Douglass High School Rita Wright
Douglass K-8 Optional School Marquis Healey
Fairley High School Dr. Lane Fletcher
Freedom Preparatory Academy High School – Brownlee Campus Marcos Villa
Freedom Preparatory Academy Middle School – Brownlee Campus Jasmin McKenzie
Freedom Preparatory Academy Middle School – Flagship Campus Marcos Villa
Germantown High School Wendy Willingham
Germantown Middle School Lana Wells
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School Ellen Hendry
Hamilton High School Christina Cropper
Harding Academy of Memphis Paul Fisher
Havenview Middle School Teresa Tate
Hernando High School Anne Goss
Hernando Middle School Lorrie Brazier
Hollis F. Price Middle College High School Chaundra Boddie
Holy Rosary School Elyse Benton
Houston High School Meredith Holden / Amanda Freeman
Houston Middle School Carla Christian / Diana Lang
Hutchison Middle School Katie Sentilles
Hutchison Upper School LaTonya Faulkner
Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Keara Segara / Jan Kaplan
John P. Freeman Optional School Yolanda Anderson
Kate Bond Middle School Maude Bryeans
Kingsbury High School Deitrick Love
Kingsbury Middle School Alexandria Anderson
Lakeland Middle Preparatory School Misty Manthe
Lausanne Collegiate School Julie Cooper / Lisa Bailey / Samantha Douglas
Lewisburg High School Shelley Dennie
Margolin Hebrew Academy Talya Tsuna
Maria Montessori School Rachael Grant
Melrose High School Kristopher Davis
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School Joyce Niter
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Middle School Erica Jackson
Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering Marquita Wakefield
Memphis East T-STEM High School Erika Banks
Memphis University School Joe Abrahams / Amy Poag / Pete Sanders 
Middle College High School Tamara Jones
Millington Central High School Georgette Farmer
Millington Middle School Kaylin Greganti
Mitchell High School Rodney Jackson
Mt. Pisgah Middle School Angela Sanders
Munford High School Angela HuffmanCourtney Fee
Olive Branch High School Angela Burkes
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School Katie Holt
Overton High School Melanie McGuire
Pleasant View School Jennifer Cartwright-Alejo
Presbyterian Day School Ross Spain
Soulsville Charter School Lauren McCain
Southaven High School Donna Jarnagin / Selena Baker / Connie Rodgers
St. Agnes Academy Lauren Thomas
St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School Kathy Boccia / Chris Burke
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Brittany Foster
St. George's Independent School (Middle) Kyle Capstick
St. George's Independent School (Upper) Heidi Rubin de la Borbolla
St. Mary's Episcopal School (Lower) Andrea Stackpole
St. Mary's Episcopal School (Upper) Sandra Pitts
The Coolnerds Rachel Jones
W.E.B. DuBois Charter School (Middle) Carol Mott-Miller
West Collierville Middle School Rachel Reich
West Memphis Jr. High School Sarah Sabin
White Station High School Tamala Brown-Malone
White Station Middle School Latrice Johnson
Whitehaven High School Traci Townsel
Woodland Presbyterian School Angie Hackmeyer
Word of Faith Christian Academy Alaninco Watkins