With the start of the school year, we open the doors again for the BridgeBuilders KIDS After-School Program. It has been a great start to the year, with several exciting developments this fall. Partnership with Dallas Afterschool Our new partnership provides us with connection to numerous other after school programs in the area, free training, and more. The programs and help offered by this organization allow us to reach higher standards, constantly helping us better our own program.
New Leadership After a year of working in the After-School Program, we are excited that Shaun and Laverne Grant have joined the BridgeBuilders team, leading the day-to-day operation of the program. Regina Suttle continues to handle the administrative leadership, focusing on volunteer engagement and obtaining funds and grants.
YMCA Partnership This fall we are also partnering with the YMCA for swimming lessons. Currently between 8-10 kids can earn the opportunity to go to the lessons, with the potential for more as the partnership grows.
Dallas Police The Dallas Police Department is helping us provide much-needed conflict resolution. Community officers are coming to the program and working with our teenagers on their ability to manage and resolve conflict. Not only does this provide a needed life skill, it also fosters goodwill between and our community and the police.
Roster once again strong Every day we have around 65 kids coming to receive these programs, not to mention a hot meal, homework help, and more, all in a safe and supportive environment.
And we need your help! We need 4-5 volunteers each day, as well as help providing the meals for these kids. If you are interested in volunteering or feeding a fun group of kids, click here to email Regina Suttle.