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Building Bridges Youth Programs

Building Bridges Youth Programs work to develop young people’s (ages 12 – 25) knowledge of inequities in their families, schools and communities, so they can begin practicing, by themselves and with others, ways to challenge and transform those inequities.

Building Bridges Youth Programs offer structured opportunities for young people to engage in dialogue across differences so they can build the authentic bonds necessary to create real alliances for justice in Southern California’s communities.

Fueled by community volunteers, our programs connect youth to a wide range of well-trained adults passionate about helping youth become empowered advocates for justice.

With over 30 years of experience, Building Bridges Youth Programs have served over 10,000 young people across Southern California.

Our Programs

Building Bridges Camp: A 3-day, overnight program for high school students focused on exploring issues of oppression, justice and the impact those forces have on their daily life.  Students also learn concrete strategies for advocating for justice in their schools and communities. We host five camps per school year.

Click here for the Building Bridges Schools Camp Contract 2016-2017

Are you a Camper or Volunteer from as early as 1987 until present? Be a part of the legacy of Building Bridges Camp and join the new Bridge Builder Network for alumni!

Building Bridges Youth Council: A leadership development program open to all high school students. This program offers exploration of issues of inequity and justice present in their communities through field trips, speakers, and hands-on workshops. Past topics have included homophobia, reproductive justice, environmental racism, criminalization of young people of color, relations with police, art for social justice, navigating relationships, code-switching, and discrimination against immigrants. The Council meets every month between October – May.

Click here to read about the March 2016 Youth Council outing.

Conscious Classrooms: An in-school program for middle or high school youth focused on building the awareness, knowledge, and skills students need to promote respect, advocate for social justice, and strengthen the learning environment in classrooms and schools. This program utilizes a Common Core- and California standards-aligned, critical thinking-focused curriculum that immerses students in a variety of human relations topics. Conscious Classrooms provides students with opportunities to learn healthy forms of communication, build community among themselves, and alter school culture in a positive way.

Building Bridges Clubs Alliance: A leadership development program for school-based clubs led by past camp participants. This program provides tailored curricula, packaged resources, training, and networking opportunities with other school clubs. Club support is designed to maximize impact of Building Bridges clubs on social justice issues in schools.

Summer Youth Leadership Institute: This institute offers an intensive training for students becoming Youth Leader staff at Building Bridges Camp. Participating students must have previously attended Building Bridges Camp. This program  focuses on developing facilitation skills, dialogue immersions, and deeper exploration of historical and contemporary forms of oppression and movements for justice.  A 3-day retreat and 3-4 weekly sessions are required from June to August. If you are interested in becoming a Youth Leader and would like to apply, please download the SYLI Application. Deadline to submit is May 9, 2016.

Building Bridges Leadership Academy: This is a training program for volunteer facilitators for Building Bridges Youth programs. Facilitated by CCEJ staff and experienced volunteer facilitators, the program prepares new and returning volunteers to facilitate youth programs.

Building Bridges Advisory Committee: This Advisory Committee provides on-going support and feedback to CCEJ staff about the direction and management of Building Bridges Youth Programs. The Advisory Committee is a way for volunteers to share their feedback with CCEJ staff in a clear and accessible way.

2015-2016 Advisory Committee

Carolina Couto
Diego Ceballos
Janay Watts
Ama Tupu
Charles Barnes
Valerie Dickson
Rebecca “Suzanne” Caverly
Marianne Drummond
Adonis Rubio
Shamara Davis
Kate Kumar
Ahmad J. Thomas
Judah Stinson
Rocio Galvan
Calvin Lewis
Jasmine Cade
Sethunya Gall

 

Schools We Serve

Animo Locke College Preparatory Academy
Animo Oscar De La Hoya Charter High
Animo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School
Animo Western Charter Middle School
Artesia High
Beach High
Cabrillo High
Carson High Boys & Girls Club
Corona High
Dalzell Lance High
East Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club
Hawkins High
Leuzinger High
Long Beach Jordan High
Los Angeles Jordan High
McBride High
Millikan High
Poly PAAL
Reid High
Roosevelt High
San Gorgonio High
Santa Monica High
Serrano High
Tracy High
Twentynine Palms High
Whitney High
Wilson Classical High
Yucca Valley High

 

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For more information on Building Bridges Youth Programs, please contact Daniel Solis, Director of Building Bridges, at dsolis@cacej.org or 562-435-8184.

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Student Testimonials

8“This camp gave me a lot of trust and belief in myself. I learned more about what other people and races go through in their lives. Some of it is not good at all, but it’s the truth.” “I really enjoyed meeting in the bi-racial group. I finally felt like I fit in. I felt secure for the first time in my life. I was so grateful that I wasn’t forced to choose one side of my culture over the other. Being in this group brought me closer with other bi-racial students.” “It was an eye-opener to me how I can be offensive to other races. I am now familiar with my race and I learned many things about other’s races. These three days have had a major impact on me. I have feelings that I want things to change: I want to be more respectful and honest in all of my relationships. I say this camp is well worth it.”

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