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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.

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