Welcome to Community Bridges, a nonprofit organization that provides multicultural empowerment and leadership programs for diverse girls in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Founded in 1997 as a youth development organization committed to meeting the needs of underserved low-income and immigrant youth in the Long Branch community of East Silver Spring, in 1998 CB launched Jump Start Girls! Adelante Niñas!, a leadership and empowerment program for girls. This program was created in response to the needs expressed by the schools in meeting the needs of low-income adolescent girls in middle school. CB has added Glow!Young Women Lead the Way for high school girls and our Family Institute. In the 2011-2012 school year, CB’s programs served approximately 124 girls and families at 12 schools through after-school programs and events. Since its founding, CB has helped empower almost 2,000 girls in Montgomery County. In developing this program, the target population shifted to girls shaping our mission into empowering diverse girls to become exceptional students, positive leaders and healthy young women.
Community Bridges empowers girls from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders and healthy young women.
ENDLESS POTENTIAL–We believe in facilitating the space by which individuals are encouraged and able to explore limitless possibilities to actualize their dreams.
MULTI-DIMENSIONAL APPROACH–We employ whole systems thinking and evaluation to drive our engagement and work with communities to ensure the best approach to the success of our girls and families.
RESOURCEFUL–We apply enterprising strategies to define clever ways to accomplish goals and overcome barriers.
STRENGTHS-FOCUSED–We believe that everyone is in possession of assets that can be mobilized to promote collective action in schools and communities.
Community Bridges believes that every girl has the potential to succeed if provided the resources and exposure to every opportunity within her reach. We believe that through bridging the school, the community, the families and nonprofits together, we can support each girl in achieving her goals. We do this by combining several principal approaches to our work, including but not limited to: servant leadership models, positive youth development practice, social and emotional development theory, and popular education.
There are six goals we try to achieve with our participants. We want our girls to demonstrate:
- Pride in Identity
- Confidence in Self
- Healthy Relationships
- Servant Leadership
- Effective Career Mapping
- Commitment to Cycle-Breaking