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10.24.19

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What is ourBRIDGE for KIDS?

ourBRIDGE for Kids is a nonprofit organization that supports the immigrant and refugee community in Charlotte, NC by providing an out of school program and through community-based initiatives.

 

Our Mission: ourBRIDGE fosters the education, acculturation, and resilience of newly arrived and first generation children and their families.

 

Our Vision: We envision a city where every newly arrived and first-generation American child has the same opportunities to live a happy and fulfilling childhood.
Out-Of-School Programs

We shifted from a 3 hour afterschool program to a full-day remote learning center for 100 English Language Learning (ELL) students in East Charlotte, to ensure students have access to an equitable and enriching learning experience during the pandemic.

Our Program
Community-based Programs

Since opening our doors, we have worked tirelessly to build meaningful, authentic relationships and partnerships with our neighbors. Because of that trust in the community, we have been able to offer programs and events that truly center the needs of our immigrant and refugee community.

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Global Family

Since 2014, ourBRIDGE has welcomed over 500 students and staff from over 30 different countries and cultures. We’ve worked with families from Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. We strive to promote the values of Love, Education, Respect, and Diversity (LERD) throughout generations.

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8 hours ago

Ourbridge kids

Yes, that is a crawfish in a croc 😝 Yesterday was the first day of ourBRIDGE 2022 Middle School Camp! We had a fun time exploring the creek and walking the trail as well as kayaking! Thank you Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation for this amazing experience for our kiddos!

Today, the kids worked on different team activities like making the highest tower made of tape, spaghetti, and marshmallows— and having it stay. They wrote letters to their future selves which will be put in a time capsule and buried in the backyard for digging a year from now ⏰
Then we wrapped up our day with our first art workshop of the summer! Our LERD scholars created tie dye art pieces using natural dye (paint made from vegetables!)🥦🎨The kids loved every part of it, thank you so much Arts+ and OBRA for hosting this workshop!

#ourbridge #summercamp #kayaking #love #art #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
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Looks like a fun time!

15 hours ago

Ourbridge kids

Check out our summer garden! For the past few months, we’ve collaborated with Myers Park United Methodist Church and Refugee Support Services to build and maintain a beautiful vegetable, herb, and flower garden. It’s been our longtime dream to have a garden at our center on the Aldersgate campus and we couldn’t have done it without our partners. @refugeesupportservices @mpumc_missions @providencevaumc @aldersgatenc ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow! Looks amazing!

5 days ago

Sil Ganzó

Growth. So much growth at Ourbridge kids this year. Can’t lie, some of it painful, but all of it welcomed 😌
#LERD #charlottenc #RefugeesWelcome #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #community
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6 days ago

Ourbridge kids

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6 days ago

Ourbridge kids

Out rising 5th graders enjoying a #kayaking experiencia thanks to @catawbariverkeeper #summerprogram #summerfun #ourBRIDGE #love #outdoors ... See MoreSee Less

Out rising 5th graders enjoying a #kayaking experiencia thanks to @catawbariverkeeper #summerprogram #summerfun #ourBRIDGE #love #outdoors

1 week ago

Ourbridge kids

We're collecting school supplies for BRIDGE kids from now until the end of August! Please reach out to volunteering@joinourbridge.org or call us at 980-272-6022 with any questions. ... See MoreSee Less

Were collecting school supplies for BRIDGE kids from now until the end of August! Please reach out to volunteering@joinourbridge.org or call us at 980-272-6022 with any questions.

In Their Own Words

Angel (Mexico)

“ourBRIDGE is the best afterschool program my daughter could attend. They support her academically and personally. Everybody is very friendly, and I have the peace of mind of her being in a safe place.”

ourBRIDGE Parents

Davyd (Ukraine)

“…He became more acculturated into the culture here, and we give a huge amount of credit to the staff of ourBRIDGE.”

ourBRIDGE Parents