The BRIDGES program (Building Refugee Initiatives to Develop Goals for Educational Success) is a partnership designed to support high school juniors or seniors who are either refugees or children of refugees in gaining a deeper understanding of the college entrance process while becoming more acquainted with the expectations of the 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 is over, but that is not required. High school students will be contacted periodically after the program for continual encouragement and support.

Wake Tech 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.

Please complete one of the following forms to get involved:

I want more information You may also email Traci Rowe: [email protected]
I am a resettlement agency, school counselor or community member who would like to refer a high school student
I am a Wake Tech student who would like to participate
I am a high school student or parent who would like to participate

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. For more information on adopting this program on another campus, email [email protected].