BRIDGES’ mission is to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice. Since its inception in 1922, BRIDGES has empowered young people to reach their potential through education, leadership, diversity, and workforce development. In the early 1960s, the agency was one of the first social service providers in Memphis to racially integrate its programs through work in public housing and neighborhood groups. In 2012-13, BRIDGES will serve more than 5,000 youth ages 12-24 in the Memphis Metropolitan Area. Programs include a year-round youth leadership, diversity, and civic engagement program, a BRIDGES Corps internship and civic engagement program, an environmental education program, a GED program, and a teambuilding experiential learning program.
The BRIDGES Center, opened in 2004 as the first commercial green building in Memphis, is located in the Uptown neighborhood. The BRIDGES Center is a 55,000 square foot state of the art facility that features a forty-foot high climbing wall, a high ropes course, and an open-air amphitheater. BRIDGES also has a comprehensive workforce development/job placement program for adults ages 18-24 which will serve more than 5,000 participants during 2012-13.
Desired Skills for Fellows
1. Strong coordination and organizational skills with attention to detail; experience in program planning and/or volunteer coordination, preferred.
2. Strong communication skills (verbal and written), interpersonal and leadership skills; ability to speak effectively in front of large and small groups.
3. Computer literacy and knowledge and experience using Microsoft products and programs.
4. Familiarity with social media and how to engage participants/volunteers through social media outlets.
5. Familiarity with and passion for community and justice issues in Memphis.
7. Possess a genuine interest, knowledge and passion for working with a diverse population of adolescent youth, college students and adults so that their unique assets are recognized and developed.
8. Experience working with adolescent youth; experience in experiential/adventure education based programs is a plus.
The fellow will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement to provide support in the planning and evaluation of BRIDGES Corps, a service leadership program for college students and young adults. Additionally, the fellow will receive training to provide capacity support to the Bridge Builders facilitation team in the delivery of social justice workshops for 6th-12th grade students. The fellow will work approximately 60-70% with the BRIDGES Corps program and 30-40% with Bridge Builders CONNECT.
1. Prepare program materials and documentation of the 2012-13 BRIDGES Corps program, including newsletter archive, curriculum training material, and member management system.
2. Conduct assessment of the 2012-13 BRIDGES Corps program year and provide strategic recommendations for the planning and implementation of the 2013-14 program year.
3. Compile and prepare data on the 2012-13 BRIDGES Corps program year for third party evaluator.
4. Develop program calendar for 2013-14 BRIDGES Corps program, including recruitment and training timeline and special events.
5. Prepare program materials, handouts, curriculum guides, etc. for Bridge Builders CONNECT workshops.
6. Facilitate/co-facilitate Bridge Builders® CONNECT programming, including workshops focused on social justice and environmental sustainability.
7. Support the positive development and sustaining of partnerships with schools and other community organizations through Bridge Builders CONNECT and the BRIDGES Corps.
For more information on BRIDGES, look at their website.