Bridges of Hope
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BRIDGES OF HOPE
Bridges of Hope is a broad category of programs and services in the area of education that seeks to provide support to immigrant students and their families.
Bridges of Hope focuses on children and youth, providing summer enrichment activities, opportunities for community service, and a focus on academic excellence and literacy. Its goal is to build stronger families through education and opportunity.
Supporting young learners
The initial project under Bridges of Hope was an after-school tutoring program in partnership with a local elementary school and a church located in an immigrant neighborhood. For over 6 years, this program invested in the lives of the children and families of the Sylvania Heights neighborhood. It ended when the school also began investing in its ESOL or second-language families and offering after-school homework clubs.
In 2019-20, LUCHA supported these after-school homework clubs for ESOL students through a partnership with Spotsylvania County Schools in five local elementary schools. The schools provided tutors for the students, a local church provided snacks, and LUCHA provided funds to purchase supplies and homework kits.
Due to online learning during the pandemic, the project was extended into 2020-21 to support the needs of virtual students with school supplies, homework kits, etc. Bridges of Hope also served as a connection between families and schools and helped ensure that the most vulnerable ESOL families had access to laptops, tablets, and home internet.
HOW TO HELP
Become involved in your local schools. Learn more about the advantages or disadvantages for ELLs (English Language Learners) and their parents. What can you do to improve educational outcomes for immigrant students?
BRIDGES OF HOPE
Provides school supplies to students in need, with a specific focus on middle school and high school students, to encourage them to remain in school
Prioritizes migrant families with limited access to other assistance
Encourages parental involvement in children's education, and supports the physical needs of families by identifying families in need of crisis assistance due to illness, reduction in income, change in family structure or living situation
Supports students who are interested in higher education through mentoring, tutoring, scholarships for advanced learning, and orientation regarding college preparation