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ourBRIDGE for KIDS

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Year Founded:
2013
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Sil Ganzó
Main Address:
3925 Willard Farrow Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215

What We Do

ourBRIDGE for KIDS is an out-of-school program for refugee and immigrant children that helps them achieve academic success and integration into the community through innovative instructional methods and a celebration of cultural diversity.

We offer an experiential-based learning curriculum to help our students achieve the fundamentals of English language acquisition (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) through activities that incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) elements and encourage cultural pride and inclusion, civic engagement, community involvement, problem solving and critical thinking. Moreover, we strive to support the whole child by creating a nurturing environment where our children’s beliefs, experiences and opinions are heard, valued and embraced.

As a result of our innovative methods and their own hard work, ourBRIDGE kids outperform national growth expectations in both reading and math. In recent Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing administered by CMS, ourBRIDGE students surpassed these national growth expectations by an average of 54% in reading and 45% in math, with even stronger results amongst younger children. Moreover, every 5th grader who joined ourBRIDGE in 3rd grade or earlier will start middle school reading at grade level or higher.

Interesting Info

In Fall 2017, ourBRIDGE expanded to 6th grade, adding 50 more students and bringing our total number of K-6 students to 120!
ourBRIDGE students outperformed national growth expectations by 54% in reading and 45% in math in the 2016-17 school year.
We strive to foster a sense of diversity, integration, peace, respect, and love for all cultures and beliefs among the residents in our community.

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