Monday, November 02, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
In the classroom, the students have learned about everything from how dancing relates to math, debating hot topics without speaking, learning about natural disasters, and writing in fun and engaging ways.
We've already been on two field trips. Wednesday, the older students got the opportunity to tour USC. Afterwards, the girls went to Columbia College while the guys toured the football and baseball stadiums at USC. The Nus visited St. Francis and United Way, and were treated to Spill the Beans after Larkins!
Highlights of the program during the last two weeks include the kickball tournament, pool party at the President's House, Career Night, and Bowling.
We can't wait for the students to return Sunday! Many more exciting things are planned; another field trip, the Fourth of July celebration, and the end of the year trip, which is still a surprise! Hope everyone catches up on sleep :)
Monday, June 22, 2009
On Saturday, everyone got up early, had breakfast on the hall, and divided up for the different activities planned. The Lambdas and Mus split up into four different groups, and left campus to complete community service. This year, the organizations that Bridges students volunteered for were: Safe Harbor, Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts, North Greenville Food Ministry, and Stephen's House. The students spent a good portion of the day giving their time in order to help others.
The Nus, though, stayed on campus and went through the Furman Ropes Course--which every first year class goes through. The day began with icebreakers and teambuilding activities. After lunch, the students began the high ropes course. Their were three different options for the students, and most completed all three. The most appealing, the tight rope shuffle, was quick and fairly simple. The most nerve racking, the paper pole, had everyone holding their breaths. The students worked together well and cheered each other on in order to show their support. Each learned something new about himself/herself.
Saturday night was bowling at the Wade Hampton alley. Everyone had lots of fun and many strikes and spares were made. Saturday was a very eventful and enjoyable day!
On Sunday, the students were given the chance to sleep in a little before parent visitations began. Most students left campus with their families to eat out and pick up essentials for the next three weeks. After the students returned, everyone shuttled over to the President's House, for the annual pool party. The day ended in the parlors with a game/movie night.
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Nus, on the other hand, spent the day in downtown Greenville, learning the history and completing a scavenger hunt. Mr. Grills, art teacher in the program, lead a tour at the Upcountry History museum. Also, the Nus toured the Greenville Drive stadium and were able to walk on the field. The students really enjoyed the day, a big favorite being lunch at Mellow Mushroom.
All of the kids arrived back on campus in time for dinner. They then had a little relaxation time before Evening Activities. Another long and exciting day down, many more to go!!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
On Thursday, April 16, Bridges to a Brighter Future was awarded the Summer Excellence Award by
Pictured are Bridges director, Tobi Swartz, and Bridges graduate, Casey Crisp holding the Summer Excellence Award at the National Summer Learning Conference in
At the Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner held on Tuesday, May 5, Bridges to a Brighter Future was awarded for their outstanding achievement in promoting diversity in the Upstate. The program received the Diversity Leadership Award as an Outstanding Non-Profit organization. Bridges works very hard to develop diversity understanding within the students and promote diversity within the program. Bridges creates young diversity leaders who influence their peers and change the world! Click on links for articles about the award:
Pictured from left to right: Harvey Choplin (Summer Academic Coordinator), Linda Cook (Program Assistant), Chris Cunningham (Student), Tobi Swartz (Director), Karina Rodriguez (Student), Jarrod Hall (Student), Bashia Gandy (Student), and Aleen Sepulveda (Student).
The Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards are presented by The Riley Institute at Furman University.
READER'S CHOICE AWARD
Friends, supporters, and partners united together to nominate Bridges to a Brighter Future for the Giving Back Award, sponsored by G-The Magazine of Greenville and The Community Foundation of Greenville! Of all of the non-profits and individuals nominated, G received the largest number of nominations for Bridges to a Brighter Future! Therefore, on April 23, Bridges was awarded the Reader's Choice Award at the Giving Back Awards Gala.
Thank you to all of our wonderful friends, supporters, and partners for nominating us for this award! We are so thankful for you!
See a clip of the special award presentation to Bridges to a Brighter Future:
Friday, April 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Bridges to a Brighter Future received special recognition at halftime. On the court to celebrate this recognition was Mr. Herb Johnson of Michelin North America, Dr. David Shi, President of Furman University, Dr. Gary Clark, Furman Athletic Director, Tobi Swartz, Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future, and nine Bridges graduates who are now enrolled at or have graduated from Furman University, Rosa Rivera, Dean Bailey, Victor Orozco, Cierra Riddle, Casey Crisp, Jorge Jimenez, Giovanna Gomez, Bree Alexander, and Sebastian Barbosa.
Bridges began in 1997 and the first class graduated from the program in 1999. To date, 174 students have graduated from Bridges to a Brighter Future. 100% of those students graduated from high school and over 92% enrolled in colleges and universities in the State of South Carolina and beyond.
On court today to celebrate the life-changing impact of this program are: Dr. David Shi, President of Furman University, Furman Athletics Director Doctor Gary Clark, Herb Johnson of Michelin North America and Tobi Swartz, Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future. Joining them on-court are the Bridges graduates who are now enrolled at or have graduated from Furman University. Please welcome:
Michelin North America is committed to education and particularly increasing the educational attainment of students in Greenville County. Michelin North America is proud to support this life-changing program and the program graduates who are making their dreams come true through higher education. Many of those graduates are attending today’s game as guests of Michelin North America and the Furman Paladins. Let’s give them all a big Furman round of applause for a job well done.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We are very proud of Lakeshia. She is a survivor! She endured great challenges as a young child to succeed as a young adult. She attends Carolina Academy where she is enrolled in dual credit college classes, is on Student Government, and maintains a part-time job. She is in the top ten of her class and is determined to succeed! Congratulations Keshia!
Pictured with her mom, Barbara Ellis:
Video of the award presentation:
Monday, January 05, 2009
The Greenville News published an article on December 23, 2008 about Ty's selection for the All-State Team. Here is an excerpt from the article written by Bob Castello:
Gregory, who played in the North-South all-star game, helped the Yellow Jackets to more than 400 yards rushing per game. Greer coach Will Young called Gregory "one of the finest offensive lineman I've had the pleasure to coach." "He's not only a good football player, but he's a good person and a good student," Young said. "He's probably one of the best all-around kids we've got in the school. If you asked any of our players who our leader was, they'd tell you it's Tymeco Gregory."
We agree! As a student in Bridges to a Brighter Future, Ty carried himself with integrity, superior maturity, and character. He was held in very high regard by the faculty and counselors. Ty was also highly regarded by his Bridges peers. As a result, they selected him for participation on the Bridges leadership team. I worked closely with the leadership team throughout the summer. My respect for Ty grew daily as I witnessed him single-handily manage very difficult situations with maturity and sensibility. For example, the other males on his hall had gotten a little out of hand one night and did not respect the counselors’ directions and discipline procedures. The next night, Ty held a student-only meeting where he requested his fellow hall mates to respect the counselors, follow the rules, and make good decisions. It is very difficult to stand in front of your peers and tell them what to do, especially when you are telling them to “be good.” Ty is exceptional! We can't wait to see how he uses his leadership skills in college and beyond.