Because we believe that we are defined by what we value, Bridges For Hope reaches out to families and communities in need. REACH is a program designed by our founder to create resiliency through education, by targeting high-risk adolescents in communities and high schools. Here is a general overview of its key components:
The Bridges For Hope Foundation is registered in Georgia as a nonprofit organization. The Bridges For Hope Foundation is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Bridges For Hope Foundation © 2013.
2007 - 2014 Bridges For Hope Foundation
The Bridges For Hope Foundation is registered in Georgia as a nonprofit organization. The Bridges For Hope Foundation is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Bridges For Hope Foundation © 2013.
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Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
Phone: 404-480-HOPE (4673)
Our program focuses on fostering resiliency in children and teens mainly by teaching coping skills to help them respond positively to the complexity of their everyday lives.We include activities that encourage awareness of the harm that is caused by bullying and developing skills and attitudes that enables bystanders to support individuals being bullied. Children are given exercises that helps them not only recognize and manage their negative emotions, but also how humor can be used to assist with coping in hard times.
Coupled with peer pressure or academic challenges, a simple situation or encounter can easily become explosive, very quickly. Many of these children turn to escapism (alcohol, cigarettes, drugs) for short term solutions, to avoid confronting their emotions. Educating them with skill building techniques can help them communicate more effectively, by allowing them to express how they feel rather than bottling up their emotions, possibly preventing a future explosion that could lead to harming themselves or others.
By all estimates, an astounding eighteen million adolescents live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential. Without immediate guidance and support by caring adults, they could make choices that undermine their futures, and, ultimately, the economic and social well-being of our nation. Early intervention can decrease the chances of these children falling prey to gangs, violence, drop-out and juvenile incarceration.
A caring adult can make a big difference in a child's future. Numerous studies document that mentors help young people augment social skills and emotional well-being, improve cognitive skills, and plan for the future. Our Community-Based mentors spend time with mentees on activities they jointly select, such as attending sporting events or sharing everyday fun moments.
Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to drop out of high school, engage in delinquency, and subsequently be incarcerated themselves. As early as freshman year, high school students need guidance to successfully transition to adulthood. To ensure that our mentees receive a positive career-based mentoring experience, our mentors focus on meeting developmental objectives such as improved basic math, reading, and creative expression skills; improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and improved self-assessment of academic skills and areas of need for further education and training.
To ensure that parent and child are both capable and prepared to face cognitive, emotional and physical experiences, therapeutic communication is a vital aspect. By never directing their emotions or behavior, but rather discussing the numerous possible outcomes, we are able to address their concerns and hopes as well as formulate possible "game plans" (skills) to manage these situations.