Building Refugee Initiatives to Develop Goals for Educational Success (BRIDGES) is a partnership designed to help high school juniors or seniors who are refugees or children of refugees gain a deeper understanding of the college entrance process while becoming more acquainted with the expectations of a college setting. 

High school juniors and seniors are paired with a Wake Tech Service Learning mentor to engage in 10 hours of support and guidance to create a unique cross-cultural exchange. Student-mentor pairs last for one semester. Students may decide to stay in contact with their mentor after the program, but that is not required. High school students will be contacted periodically after the program for continual encouragement and support.

Service Learning students who engage in this opportunity will enhance their skills in communication, leadership and applicable classroom learning while building strong collaboration within the community.

To get started, complete one of the following forms:

For more information, email Traci Rowe at [email protected].

The BRIDGES program was designed for Wake Tech by Kayte Thomas, MSW, LCSW, a Ph.D. student at Baylor University. The model can be replicated in other college settings.