To all our youth and educators, welcome back to school! We wish you a great 2016-2017 ahead, and we can’t wait to work with you this year!
To kick off the school year, club leaders from the Building Bridges Clubs Alliance (BBCA) gathered to collaborate and network this weekend. The BBCA is a leadership development program for school-based clubs typically led by past camp participants. Club leaders create their clubs at their respective schools to learn about social justice issues, build community with students, and foster more just and inclusive spaces on their school campuses. The BBCA provides club leaders a space to learn and grow with one another as well as to receive support for their clubs.
At the Kick-Off Event this past Saturday, club leaders from Leuzinger, McBride, PAAL, Tracy, and Wilson came together to talk about their plans for the school year. Using their “How to Build a Building Bridges Club” posters and BBCA manuals, students worked together to map out their meetings and events for their clubs. Through hands-on activities and dialogue, they practiced effective communication strategies, discussed potential challenges for the school year, and learned about self-care.
In addition to the great work they did together this weekend, club leaders have already been working diligently to build up their clubs and recruit more students to participate!
Club leaders at Wilson High School (Long Beach) got together before the school year started to brainstorm the year ahead. They also held their first leadership meeting of the school year, planning their participation in their school’s Homecoming event and future rallies.
The Building Bridges ALLY Club at Leuzinger High School (Lawndale) tabled at their school’s Club Sign Up Day, receiving much excitement and energy from interested students. Tapping into their social media skills, club leaders also created a club Instagram page to promote their club and communicate with club members.
McBride High School’s Building Bridges Club (Long Beach) participated in their school’s Club Rush, reaching out to students during lunchtime about their club and Building Bridges Camps. They were also very excited to plan their first club meeting with new members and other past camp participants!
The Building Bridges Club at Artesia High School (Lakewood) also spread the word about their respective club during their successful Club Rush event. Club leaders were interviewed and videotaped by other students for their school communications. In fact, the club got the reporter to sign up himself!
As clubs host their first general meetings and continue this important work, we wish them the best in their journey to bringing #JusticeForAll!