Our Niche as a Bridge: Bridges supports and strengthens the connection points of our human systems through relationship-building, partnerships, and developing human capacity.
Through technology and heightened awareness, the human race has never been as interconnected as we are today. And yet, many individuals and communities within our societies do not have the same access to, or are not as aware of the support available, as others. Bridges’ niche is in supporting and strengthening these connections between people, communities, cultures, and resources in an effort to inspire greater resiliency and hope in people with whom we work, and beyond.
A large part of strengthening connection points in human systems can be found in the building of human capacity. Capacity building, in this context, is about equipping and empowering people – and mentoring them along the way – to take on the things in life that they must, or choose to, take on. For Bridges, this means inspiring youth and young adults to realize their potential, and helping develop the skills that community and professional leaders need to better care for the things that matter to them.
Example: Participants of Bridges’ programs are invited to be partnered with a mentor, during and post-programming, such that their journey to realized potential would be amplified. Bridges mentors provide support and encouragement to program participants, helping them ask the right questions, make thoughtful decisions, and practically consider risks and opportunities. It is our observation that communities around the world are in need of people who really believe in the tremendous potential of those around them, particularly in the potential of younger generations. This is the role that Bridges mentors play, and for many individuals, these mentoring relationships become hugely significant. It is these types of connections, as well as many others, that Bridges works to support and strengthen.