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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 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

ourBRIDGE has welcomed families and staff from over 40 different cultures. We’ve served families from Afghanistan, Brazil, Cambodia, all the way to Ukraine! At our center, students receive the individualized attention and support necessary to thrive. We strive to promote the values of Love, Education, Respect, and Diversity (LERD) throughout generations.

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4 days ago

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Our wonderful Garden Committee volunteers kick-started the beautification of our backyard ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
They built a new raised bed for pollinators, created a Secret Garden, built an arch, cleared a huge invasive bush, applied new mulch, and more. ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒบ ๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿฆ‹
Shout out to Providence United Methodist Church Charlotte for supporting this project ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ and our landlords, Aldersgate Life Plan Communities, for allowing us to make our dreams come true.
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Wonderful!

Looks amazing!!!

1 week ago

Ourbridge kids

Elementary Summer Camp - Day 8

๐Ÿ“ท 1 | We are so excited to be moving forward with renovating our backyard area! Classroom Facilitator Mr.Jordan is helping some Classroom 1 kids put their hand prints on their mailbox for our new garden.

๐Ÿ“ท 2 | As our summer camp is coming to an end, Bridge Kids are working on their final projects. They will use the information learned throughout camp to create and share their final project on the 'Where Are We?' unit.

๐Ÿ“ท 3 | @queenswrugby stopped by one more time and played games of rugby with us!

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Elementary Summer Camp - Day 8 

๐Ÿ“ท 1 | We are so excited to be moving forward with renovating our backyard area! Classroom Facilitator Mr.Jordan is helping some Classroom 1 kids put their hand prints on their mailbox for our new garden. 

๐Ÿ“ท 2 | As our summer camp is coming to an end, Bridge Kids are working on their final projects. They will use the information learned throughout camp to create and share their final project on the Where Are We? unit. 

๐Ÿ“ท 3 | @queenswrugby stopped by one more time and played games of rugby with us! 

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#summer #summercamp #rugby #kidssports #artsandcrafts #galaxy #universe #garden #gardendesign #nonprofit #cltnonprofits #elementary #elementaryeducation #experientiallearning #handsonlearning #handson #learningthroughplay #learningeveryday #painting #kindergarten #kindergartenclassroom #classroom #classroomfunImage attachmentImage attachment

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Ourbridge kids

Elementary Summer Camp - Day 7

๐Ÿ“ท 1 - 4 | We are excited to have had LandDesign, Inc. come give Bridge Kids an intro to landscape architect! Every kid was given a kit to design their own Dream ourBRIDGE. Classroom Facilitators, LandDesign volunteers, and Executive Director Sil Ganzo, all got involved too!

๐Ÿ“ท 5 | As we progress through our 'Where are we?' unit, students chose countries, cities, or landmarks they are curious about. They then turned their location into medallions or badges after researching the area.

๐Ÿ“ท 6 | Celebrating a Bridge Kidโ€™s birthday! Kids celebrated their friendโ€™s birthday. We had to snap a pic of the birthday girl and her siblings โ˜บ๏ธ

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Cheri Beasley

Ourbridge kids is more than just a community organization - it's a safe haven & critical support system for children & families in refugee and immigrant communities. During the pandemic they went above and beyond to keep families safe and nourished. I was honored to meet with them last week and discuss the importance of fixing our immigration system so that it reflects our country's highest ideals. ... See MoreSee Less

Ourbridge kids is more than just a community organization - its a safe haven & critical support system for children & families in refugee and immigrant communities. During the pandemic they went above and beyond to keep families safe and nourished. I was honored to meet with them last week and discuss the importance of fixing our immigration system so that it reflects our countrys highest ideals.

1 week ago

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We are proud to announce that Charlotte Community Health Clinic & ourBRIDGE have received support from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to work together ensuring all uninsured and underinsured refugee and immigrant neighbors have access to healthcare!
#Collaboration #Community #RefugeesWelcome #immigrantrights #welcomehome
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We are proud to announce that Charlotte Community Health Clinic & ourBRIDGE have received support from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to work together ensuring all uninsured and underinsured refugee and immigrant neighbors have access to healthcare!
#Collaboration #Community #RefugeesWelcome #immigrantrights #welcomehome

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In Their Own Words

Angel

โ€œourBRIDGE 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.โ€

ourBRIDGE Parents

Davyd

โ€œโ€ฆHe became more assimilated into the culture here, and we give a huge amount of credit to the staff of ourBRIDGE.โ€

ourBRIDGE Parents