PROGRAM INFORMATION

Bridge Builders Alabama provides two one-year long programs for high school students: one for upcoming juniors and one for upcoming seniors. Both of these programs are focused on helping students develop the leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills that are necessary to being successful after high school.

 

While we recommend that students go through both programs to get the full impact of the experience, participation in one year is not required to participate in the other.

Students are selected based on the following:

  • Leadership potential

  • Academic stability

  • Cultural open-mindedness

  • Community involvement

 

2020 Conference Dates

  • Junior Conference: June 8-12, 2020

  • Senior Conference: June 24-26, 2020

JUNIOR PROGRAM

Participation in the one-week long junior summer conference is mandatory. Students will stay overnight in dorms at AUM’s campus and be paired up in groups to participate in teamwork and skill building activities. Our staff facilitates activities, discussions, and events to build life skills, knowledge, and attitudes. There are nine primary focus areas.  The areas are:

  • public speaking

  • civic responsibility

  • critical thinking

  • trust

  • problem solving

  • communication

  • conflict resolution

  • human relations

  • leadership

A student is not technically a Bridge Builder participant until they have completed the conference and have been inducted into the program at the Induction Ceremony. The Induction Ceremony is held the final evening of the conference, and all families are encouraged to attend.

JUNIOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain an active email account

  • Mandatory parent orientation meeting

  • Complete 20 hours of service through BBAL events or the equivalent in Community Action

    • BBAL events are the backbone of the program and provide fun and exciting learning opportunities for the students to continue to build new skills, new attitudes, and to explore new behaviors that began during conference. BBAL offers a mix of volunteer and educational activities throughout the school year, and events may be offered at night, on the weekends, and on holidays to accommodate differing schedules. Students may earn up to 10 of their required hours through non-BBAL volunteer events by filling out the Community Action form. Students may earn more than 20 service hours, but a minimum of 20 hours is required to graduate the program. We recommend attending a minimum of 10 hours in the fall semester and 10 in the spring, but encourage students to plan what works best with their busy schedules.

  • Complete a 2-page essay detailing your Bridge Builders experience

    • This final thoughts essay will help the student to reflect on the impact the program has provided, enjoy the memories gained over the past year, and provide BBAL with a wealth of evaluative material to shape future enhancements to the program.

SENIOR PROGRAM

Participation in the junior program is not a requirement to participate in the senior program. If a student successfully completed the junior program requirements, they will receive an automatic invitation to participate in the senior program. If the student did not successfully complete the junior year requirements or did not participate in the junior program at all, they may complete an application to apply for the senior program.

 

Participation in the three day long senior summer conference is mandatory. Students will stay overnight in dorms at AUM’s campus and be paired up in groups to participate in teamwork and skill building activities. Our staff facilitates activities, discussions, and events to build life skills, knowledge, and attitudes. While junior conference focuses on building relationships between students and their groups, senior conference focuses on building relationships between students and their community. Senior conference centers around the Urban Trek, an educational trip around Montgomery to learn about its cultural significance and history.

SENIOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain an active email account

  • Mandatory parent orientation meeting

  • Complete 20 hours of service through BBAL events or the equivalent in Community Action

    • BBAL events are the backbone of the program and provide fun and exciting learning opportunities for the students to continue to build new skills, new attitudes, and to explore new behaviors that began during conference. BBAL offers a mix of volunteer and educational activities throughout the school year, and events may be offered at night, on the weekends, and on holidays to accommodate differing schedules. Students may earn up to 10 of their required hours through non-BBAL volunteer events by filling out the Community Action form. Students may earn more than 20 service hours, but a minimum of 20 hours is required to graduate the program. We recommend attending a minimum of 10 hours in the fall semester and 10 in the spring, but encourage students to plan what works best with their busy schedules.

  • Complete a 2-page essay detailing your Bridge Builders experience

    • This final thoughts essay will help the student to reflect on the impact the program has provided, enjoy the memories gained over the past year, and provide BBAL with a wealth of evaluative material to shape future enhancements to the program.

 
 
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