Junior Bridge Builders
During the summer prior to the Junior year, participation in a one-week residential Junior Leadership Conference is mandatory. There are nine primary focus areas. The areas are: public speaking, civic responsibility, critical thinking, trust, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, human relations, and leadership. We provide student activities, discussions and events to build skills, knowledge and attitudes. A student is not technically a Bridge Builders® participant until he/she has completed the week and has been inducted into the program at the Induction Ceremony. The Induction Ceremony is held the final evening of the summer conference, and all families are encouraged to attend.
During the Junior year, students attend Bridge Builders® Skill Building Meetings. Skill Building meetings are the backbone of the Bridge Builders® program and provide fun and exciting learning opportunities for the students to continue to build new skills, new attitudes, and explore new behaviors that began at Junior Leadership Conference. Topics include public speaking, civic responsibility, critical thinking, trust problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, human relations, and leadership. Each month, meetings are offered at night and on Saturdays to address different core Bridge Builders® topics. To meet the Bridge Builders® minimum requirements, each student must attend no less than six skill building meetings.
We recommend attending a minimum of three in the fall semester and three in the spring semester, but encourage students to plan what works best in their busy schedules.
The dates for 2017 are Junior Conference are June 26th – 30th at AUM.
Senior Bridge Builders
The summer prior to a student’s Senior year, he/she must attend the mandatory Senior Leadership Conference. We understand that many opportunities are available to our Senior Bridge Builders® participants but feel that our Senior Conference is an important component of the Bridge Builders® experience. This conference is filled with specifically designed workshops to empower Senior Bridge Builders® participants and provide them with the necessary skills to successfully fulfill their Senior year requirements, which include the leadership of a community needs assessment and project management.
During the senior year, participants work with other senior Bridges members to plan and implement a school-based community involvement project. Seniors attend at least three skill-building meetings. The final project is a short essay reflecting on the impact the program has provided. This essay provides Bridge Builders® with a wealth of evaluative material on which to base future enhancements of the Bridge Builders® program. It also gives members a chance to reflect on the knowledge, experience, and personal growth obtained from the program.
The dates for 20167are Senior Conference are June 19th – 22nd at AUM.