The idea behind the Building Bridges program is simple. Instead of counseling kids from behind a desk, we put kids in situations where they are likely to succeed. As their successes add up, these kids begin to build self-esteem, something most of them, despite their street tough exteriors, are sorely lacking.
The staff and volunteers at Building Bridges work to develop one-on-one relationships with each child. The kids are asked to set reachable goals for managing family relationships, improving social skills and elevating school performance. This hands-on relation focused approach accounts for the program’s unmatched success rate. By simply showing theses kids they have worth, 7.5 out of 10 of them will not incur any new charges or become involved in the juvenile justice system again; returning to our community as productive members of society.
For many of these misguided youth, Building Bridges is their last chance for success in life. Those who make it through the program will tell you that Building Bridges was the first chance they ever really had.