What We Do
ourBRIDGE for KIDS exists to provide academic and socio-emotional support to refugee and immigrant children and their families as they acculturate to life anew to the United States.
We provide an out-of-school 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, at ourBRIDGE we believe in nurturing the whole child by providing a safe and inclusive environment where students can develop socio-emotional learning skills. We believe that in order for students to strive we must recognize our students' past experiences and traumas and become a center that is truly responsive to all their needs. For that reason, we implement trauma informed care practices in our classrooms, as well as making sure our students constantly feel loved, safe, seen, and heard.
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.
There is no doubt that students and their families at ourBRIDGE have a unique opportunity to acculturate to the US in a welcoming and celebratory manner!
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC HELP/NEEDS:
Because we learned that many ourBRIDGE families do not have access to transportation to the CMS feeding sites, we are coordinating with the schools the distribution of bagged lunches and breakfasts that our staff and volunteers pick up and then drop off at the two apartment complexes where most of ourBRIDGE families live. We are also preparing care packages with activities, games, books and snacks for the kids so they keep busy and learning while the school is out. We will be mailing targeted info packages with translated copies of the most updated recommendations from the school system, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and the list of help centers available in the city. Information about the upcoming Census 2020 will also be included.
As you can imagine, our 2020 fundraising dinner has also been impacted by the COVID-19. We were really, super, truly excited about it, but nothing is as important as taking care of our health and doing our part to keep our community healthy (Shout out to our sponsors: Into Languages Global, 5/3 Bank, Amity Medical Group, Carpe Diem Restaurant and Mica and Keith Oberkfell).
In lieu of a fundraising dinner event, we will host a virtual fundraising event on March 26th, We are looking forward to celebrating together when it is safe to be among friends again.
ourBRIDGE has become an multi-awarded organization, recognized in the local, state and national levels, end even though we are humbled and thankful for having the support of most of the foundations in the city that cover many aspects of our programming, we are in dire need of unrestricted funds to cover the gaps. Please consider making a contribution to ourBRIDGE or by mailing a check to 3925 Willard Farrow Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28215.