High School Program
Bridges’ high school program helps students convert their high school years into a stepping stone for college and career success.
Summer Jobs Program
During the summer, Bridges partners with YouthWorks and a host of private employers to provide high school students with meaningful paid summer jobs. Work experiences at organizations ranging from the Downtown Sailing Center to DLA Piper are designed to help students make a connection between high school success and college / career opportunities.
High school student Terricka at her summer job at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Bridges Coach Heather helps high school student Cassius prepare for a summer job interview during the Weekend Enrichment program.
At the end of high school, Bridges' staff works with students and families to plan their next steps, which is a 4-year college for the majority of Bridges students. Support differs based on the needs of a student or family, but includes some combination of the following: providing SAT Prep, supplementing the support provided by high school guidance counselors, taking students to visit colleges, helping families complete the FAFSA, personalized coaching and support on college essays, and helping families evaluate financial packages with colleges.
For those who choose not to attend college or to pursue higher education at a later date, Bridges provides career guidance and individualized support based on their goals.
Bridges High School seniors announce where they will be attending college at the culmination of Bridges College Guidance.
The individualized support offered to Bridges students varies based on each student’s needs. Staff may arrange for an academic tutor, help students transition into competitive high schools, prepare for exams, or keep a balance between school and work, activities, part-time jobs, and family obligations.
Students can also find support in the recently opened Bridges Loft. Opened in Fall of 2017, the B-Loft is a centrally located activity space that provides older students a quiet weeknight space for homework and drop-in tutoring.
High school student Jared receives academic tutoring from a Loyola University student through a partnership with the Loyola University Writing Center.