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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 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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5 days ago

Ourbridge kids

Shout out to our Office Manager Elisa Benitez! She will be presenting at the Welcoming America Interactive today about how she supported the mental and socio emotional well-being of the ourBRIDGE families and staff (and her own!) throughout the stressful COVID-relief work she coordinated during the pandemic.

“Managing the Emotional Stress of The Past Year: Strategies for Individuals, Organizations and Communities”

5/6 3:00 pm
welcomingamerica.org/initiatives/welcoming-interactive/
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Shout out to our Office Manager Elisa Benitez! She will be presenting at the Welcoming America Interactive today about how she supported the mental and socio emotional well-being of the ourBRIDGE families and staff (and her own!) throughout the stressful COVID-relief work she coordinated during the pandemic. 

“Managing the Emotional Stress of The Past Year: Strategies for Individuals, Organizations and Communities” 

5/6 3:00 pm 
https://welcomingamerica.org/initiatives/welcoming-interactive/

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Que bonito felizidades lichita un horgullo para tus padres y tus familiares

5 days ago

Ourbridge kids

Our Board Member, Stefania Arteaga, and her work with Comunidad Colectiva leading the fight against ICE in Charlotte, was featured in the 2020 documentary Immigration Nation. Congratulations, Stefania, for being a Peabody Award Nominee!

Immigration Nation
With unprecedented access to ICE operations, as well as moving portraits of immigrants, this docuseries takes a deep look at US immigration today.
Producers: Reel Peak Films for Netflix (Netflix)
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Our Board Member, Stefania Arteaga, and her work with Comunidad Colectiva leading the fight against ICE in Charlotte, was featured in the 2020 documentary Immigration Nation. Congratulations, Stefania, for being a Peabody Award Nominee! 

Immigration Nation
With unprecedented access to ICE operations, as well as moving portraits of immigrants, this docuseries takes a deep look at US immigration today.
Producers: Reel Peak Films for Netflix (Netflix)

Comment on Facebook

How wonderful! Congratulations and thank you for all you are doing!!

Congratulations Stefania Arteaga eres un orgullo hispano ❤️❤️❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

1 week ago

Ourbridge kids

It's Volunteer Appreciation Month! Since September 2020, our volunteers have contributed a total of 288 volunteer hours.

To our wonderful volunteers: thank you for selflessly giving your time to ourBRIDGE, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission wouldn’t be possible without you! We are so grateful for all that you do.

Photo credit: Lisa Howell and Vedant Reval
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Thank you volunteers!🎖🏆

3 weeks ago

Sil Ganzó

One of the strongest, smartest, most thoughtful people ever to set foot on our building is Erin Tucker, who joined the Ourbridge kids team in 2014, way back when we were starting in Plaza Midwood.

I’m happy to share that she has been recognized by the NC Center for Afterschool Programs as the 2021 Emerging Afterschool Champion, not only for her leadership during the out-of-school times, but also for being the force and the brains behind the relief work we’ve done last year. It is not easy to plan, buy, and coordinate the delivery of over 1000 meals per day for 7 months, including hundreds of culturally-appropriate grocery bags, which was her brainchild!

ourBRIDGE has become what it is because of people like Erin, who make all the things happen, and I am forever thankful for everything I’ve learned from her.
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3 weeks ago

Ourbridge kids

Sometimes afterschool means wearing blue wigs, covering yourself in glitter or figure out the latest strategy to solve 5th grade math problems. Most of the time it requires the ability to be the Problem Solver In Chief, a Master in showing appreciation and love, and being the emotional support to all, children and staff alike. We are fortunate to have someone like Ms Erin in our team. Her leadership, and her commitment to equity and transparency has taken ourBRIDGE to a whole new level.

AND IT SHOWS!

Join us congratulating Ms. Erin as she has been awarded the 2021 North Carolina Center for Afterschool Program’s Emerging Afterschool Champion.

She deserves all the credit in the world for how awesome ourBRIDGE has become.
We love you, Ms. Erin!
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Congratulations Erin! 💕

3 weeks ago

Ourbridge kids

We are proud to share that our work has been highlighted in the U.S. Department of Education! Check out page 23 of the "Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs".

Cross-Cutting Acceleration Implementation Considerations

"PARTNERS WITH FAMILY: Give family members specific resources and strategies to support their children’s learning, consistent with legal requirements to communicate in a language and format they can understand. For example, ourBRIDGE for KIDS in North Carolina focuses on supporting immigrant and refugee families, with assistance that includes translating COVID-19 resources into many languages. Other programs incorporate parent classes focusing on nutrition, computer literacy, career development, or college preparation".
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We are proud to share that our work has been highlighted in the U.S. Department of Education! Check out page 23 of the Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students Needs.

Cross-Cutting Acceleration Implementation Considerations

PARTNERS WITH FAMILY: Give family members specific resources and strategies to support their children’s learning, consistent with legal requirements to communicate in a language and format they can understand. For example, ourBRIDGE for KIDS in North Carolina focuses on supporting immigrant and refugee families, with assistance that includes translating COVID-19 resources into many languages. Other programs incorporate parent classes focusing on nutrition, computer literacy, career development, or college preparation.

In Their Own Words

Angel

“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

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

ourBRIDGE Parents