Benefiting Youth in Denver's Public Housing Neighborhoods
DENVER (CBS4) – Children growing up in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods have traditionally been among the most at-risk youth in the city. The Bridge Project aims to change that by providing a path for higher education and building character.
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Tuesday December 6, 2016
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10 of our high school students are participating in a project called The Compass Project, which is a part of The Madden Challenge. The Madden Challenge (The Compass Project) is a case competition in which first-year business and high school students develop and build a mobile app and present a business plan to bring it to market. Our students will be working with the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver on this project.
The high school students will be responsible for building the app prototype, various digital images such as logos, icons, and buttons, and the digital presentation of the app.
The Compass Project provides an invaluable experience for high school students to (a.) learn real world, employable skills (b.) work in close-knit teams with DU students (c.) receive guidance from faculty (d.) become comfortable and familiar with a college academic environment.
The high school students will present in the Fall 2016 Madden Challenge event held at the Madden Museum of Art in November, the date and time is to be determined.
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The goal of the Bridge Project's College and Career Readiness program is to ensure that all Bridge Project students will successfully graduate from high school or earn a GED and will have the necessary skills and resources to earn a college or associate degree, gain occupational training, or succeed in employment. Through self-awareness, exploration, and planning to understand what lies ahead after high school graduation, the college and career readiness program at the Bridge Project supports participants towards graduation and beyond. The primary components of college and career readiness are academic mentoring, career interest development and experiential learning and the creation of "steps to success portfolio."
Academic Mentoring: high school students are matched with academic mentors who assist with homework as well as college essays, resume development, job applications as well as provide guidance as the mentee is exploring various careers and post-secondary plans.
Career Interest Development & Experiential Learning: core activities include career skills inventory, mock interviewing, job application and college application practice as well as job shadowing and team building. Workshops are developed to cover FASFA and financial aid, college/scholarship applications and exam preparations. Experiential Learning also includes campus visits to various colleges and universities.
Steps to Success Portfolio: in order to document the skills, workshops and training addressed above, each student develops a portfolio to identify the necessary academic and experiential pathways towards post secondary options. The portfolio serves as a planning tool as they look to pursue their post secondary options. As students acquire greater self-awareness, find career skills and interests, research which colleges or trade schools would be the best fit, review financial and admission application requirements, students will be able to make a detailed plan for how to reach their career goals.
THE NEED: During this programming, students visit college campuses. $2,000 would cover the cost for 30 students to visit the University of Denver Campus. Help the Bridge Project educate, empower and support students as they prepare for and work towards post secondary education.
YOUth are invited!
Denver Youth Leadership Summit
Leadership: Gotta Learn it All
August 19, 2016
University of Denver, Craig Hall, Community Room
2148 S. High St, Denver, CO 80208
The Bridge Project Youth Action Board invites YOUth to a day-long celebration of Denver’s young leaders. The summit will be an opportunity to share the work youth groups have done in the local community, learn leadership skills, and connect with other teens. Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided at no charge. Fun activities will be going on. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Here’s the details:
- Registration deadline is August 11 at 5pm and is capped at 125 people.
- Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Please list any dietary restrictions or needs below.
- Event T-shirts will be provided to each youth attendee. Make sure you provide your size below!
- During the afternoon of this Summit, each youth group will be asked to share about their current/past work in the community in a science-fair-like format.
- Youth (ages 11-21) should attend in groups of 2-10. At least one adult must accompany each group of young people.
- Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of attendees. Street parking is very limited and closely monitored. Some parking is available at metered lots (most are $1.50/hour) around campus, including the first floor of the Evans Parking Garage adjacent to Craig Hall. Please click here for a map).
For questions regarding the event, please contact us at email@example.com. This event is generously supported by The Bridge Project and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the University of Denver.
Register here or see attached flyer: http://gssw.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8oBc5DSq11GxFFH