This program is targeted at working specifically with the non-traditional students. These students do not excel in the traditional classroom environment and may not receive the necessary support from home, church or through community members. These students often find themselves failing a subject in the early years of high school. To graduate, they must make up that subject, but all to often they are caught in a spin cycle of additional subject failures. Students caught in this become increasingly frustrated at the value of school itself and often find themselves rebelling against its expectations. Carlos Lopez, has been added to the staff of the Bridge Youth Center to provide leadership for career and job skill awareness to high school students in need. Our intent is to put the local high school kids in front of local plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, auto body repair folks, printers, builders, small engine repair owners, welders, air conditioning/furnace folks, etc. For the purpose of giving each student first hand experience seeing where and how each career works. Students will receive input from participating employers as to what the expectations of the job may be, the potential pay, career opportunities, even discuss short and long term hiring possibilities. By investing in the lives of students outside the classroom, schools will develop a means to keep kids accountable. Employers may begin to find future employees. Students will gain first hand knowledge of careers that may not require years of education to attain. Through all of this the Bridge gets to surround students with caring community members who introduce them to Christ’s love in all that they do.
We ask for your prayers and support as we begin this exciting new work throughout the community.