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Peninsula Bridge

Rating: 4.86 stars   14 reviews 2,712

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Education

Address:

PO Box 963 Menlo Park CA 94026 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to promote academic and personal success for motivated middle school students from under-resourced communities. WHY DO WE NEED THE PENINSULA BRIDGE PROGRAM? 1. Low-income students with college aspirations are swimming against the tide. In the 8th grade, the desire to go to college is about as high among low-income students as among their affluent classmates. Whereas nearly all of the latter will realize their aspirations, only about two-thirds of the former will do so. Intervention strategies to aid low-income students have to begin in the 5th and 6th grades, not on the eve of college attendance. -Research Report from The College Board, Swimming Against the Tide: The Poor in American Higher Education, by Patrick T. Terenzini, Elena M. Bernal, Alberto F. Cabrera, Published: 2001 Unfortunately, many students in the communities that Peninsula Bridge serves are “tracked out” of college preparatory classes while they are still in middle school. Algebra I is frequently referred to as “the Gatekeeper Course” because enrolling in this class by 8th grade remains the most reliable predictor of future success in college. For seventeen years, Peninsula Bridge has been helping students from under-resourced communities successfully enroll and excel in college track courses in high school. 2. Parents of underserved students need more help and resources to get their children on the college track. Parents are central players in the intergenerational legacies that are passed on and which shape children’s educational attainment. Low-SES (Socio-Economic Status) parents need more and better information earlier in their children’s lives about what is possible and available in the way of college attendance and financial aid. -"Swimming Against the Tide: The Poor in American Higher Education,” by Patrick T. Terenzini, Elena M. Bernal, Alberto F. Cabrera, Published: 2001 Parents, some of whom may not have finished high school or attended college themselves, can also be overwhelmed by the academic and financial requirements of thier children’s education. Peninsula Bridge gives parents the information they need to help guide their children through middle school, high school, and ultimately the college application process. 3. With budget cuts for California public schools, private organizations must step up to the plate and offer additional academic resources and guidance. Dwindling resources in the state of California will only increase the dramatic academic achievement gap that separates low-income and minority students from students being raised in high-income communities. Peninsula Bridge is a privately funded organization that is committed to easing the shortfalls created by an overburdened public school system. Our Philosophy Three things make Peninsula Bridge successful: 1. Committed students and their families 2. Outstanding public and independent schoolteachers 3. Access to premier educational resources and schools This combination allows us to provide a program that is academically rich and challenging, prepares students for high school and ignites their love of learning. Our History Peninsula Bridge is a recognized educational institution within Silicon Valley, and is respected for the excellence and dedication of its staff and board members. Serving 26 children in its first year, Peninsula Bridge now serves more than 300 children and their families annually. Since its inception in 1989, the program has helped more than 3,000 low-income students reach their academic potential. Peninsula Bridge was founded in 1989, as a partnership between a public school district (Ravenswood/East Palo Alto), an independent school (Sacred Heart Prep), and a local nonprofit organization (Boys and Girls Club). In its early years, the organization grew rapidly through the energy and leadership of its founder Les Dewitt, and was supported by a group of committed volunteers who hailed from independent schools on the Peninsula. This group of volunteers consisted of a number of respected community leaders, including Fran Arrillaga, Margaret Beltramo, Mary Floyd, Rosemary Hewlett, Penny Howell, Penny Meier, and Susan Myers.

Target demographics:

low-income middle school students in under-resourced communities of San Mateo county.

Geographic areas served:

San Mateo County, CA

Programs:

The overarching objectives of the Peninsula Bridge Program include the following: - To prepare students for college preparatory classes, particularly Algebra I and college preparatory English; - To educate students about life-long learning and the development of strong intellectual habits; and - To develop self-esteem through academic and personal achievement. Peninsula Bridge's signature summer academic program takes place at five independent schools on the San Francisco peninsula. Over 200 students are enrolled each summer. Every site hosts a full-day, five-week summer academic enrichment session on their campus from June to July. All sites emphasize Algebra readiness and reading/writing skills. Our curriculum for the summer is aligned with state content standards and is integrated with that of the students' public schools. All sites hire both public and private school teachers, and offer free meals to all participants. In addition, Peninsula Bridge offers some select year-round programming and a series of parent/family education training sessions to support the families of Peninsula Bridge students.

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Reviews for Peninsula Bridge

Rating: 5 stars  

Peninsula Bridge does an amzing job of partnering with the host schools to provide opportunities for the children who attend. What the Brdige program provides is not just an opportunity to continue their academic studies during the summer, but an opportunity to explore their full potential and see the educational and career paths available when you set your goals high and work hard to achieve them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This academic summer camp for low income middle school students does a terrific job of preparing them for college prep work once they hit high school. They improve their study skills, become better writers, and develop the self confidence to take on challenging work.

My son has worked as a teaching assistant for Peninsula Bridge for the past two years. He has such a terrific time that he can't wait to teach the kids again this summer!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The Peninsula Bridge is a truly amazing organization that is unlike any other in their field. I have watched and witness some very touching accomplishments by the student bridge participants. Watching their enthusiasm while in the program and activities and well after as they are well on their way to other times in their lives. I am also amazed how the Peninsula Bridge has become such a well know, well received and celebrated organization in our community. When talking with people about the Peninsula Bridge they say, "I know about the Bridge", and then they share their own "Bridge Story".

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on the board of Peninsula Bridge for over two years. The organization provides invaluable opportunity for students to transform their expectations about what is possible in their lives. To hear their stories and see the program live during the summer makes one recognize the difference one can make in a child's life...and not for somebody far away, but for our own neighborhood and community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have loved what the Bridge Program has offered us. It has opened doors that we never knew had existed. We will always be greatful for it. And thankful for the part they played in the educational and sociable development of our son.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

This is the 2nd summer my daughter, Francesca, has been in this program; it is such a wonderful program. Francesca enjoyed every single day there and always tells me what she did at the program. She got the opportunity to explore into more areas than what we can provide to her at home. This summer, she was exposed to the subject of psychology for the first time and was so excited about it...I think she may have found another subject she really loves besides mathematics. Also new this summer was a parent education seminar which I thought was truly helpful. To top it all off, everything was provided for free! I feel very fortunate to have Francesca in this program and we look forwards to returning next summer!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that their program is enriching at the same time interesting. The students all seem to enjoy going everyday.

Ways to make it better...

perhaps there was an orientation for returning students (like the one for incoming 6th grades).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not many heard of this program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

It was very fun to be at Peninsula Bridge as a teacher aide in math. During the past three summers I was a bridge student as well for my 6th and 7th grade. This was a great program to be in because the classroom settings and teachers enjoyed one to learn in a fun away. It also allowed students to have a head start for next year. I t was most statisfing for me to be at the Peninsula Bridge Program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I got to help younger students to get prepared for the following year.

Ways to make it better...

I had more experience as a teacher aide.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

I like that they provide summer school for these kids at no cost because there are a lot of us that can't afford it. My daughter loves this program and I like that it's not just academic but it's a lot of interactions with the other kids because going into middle-school is hard enough. Giving them this opportunity to move on into high school with a little bit more than most kids have behind them..confidence...how to deal with things a little bit better...how they're talking about college now so it's not just us running our mouths, it's them. It's teaching them ways that they can apply for colleges and scholarships and what they have to do. She loves it. And I pick up two other kids every day and they love it and I get a report every day.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they have a parent program now. We were able to learn how to communicate with our kids and what to expect. The thing I really like about it is I've been with most of these kids since kindergarden so we're all kind of doing it together. At the end, they had the kids come so we had a day when we were in there with the kids but that and...it's just very positive. There's kids up here being crappy but they don't allow it as opposed to school where they sometimes allow it. They let you know how you're going to behave and they're correcting your behavior...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

I'm an English T.A. at the bridge program and it has been an amazing experience! The students evolve personally and academically and the teachers are passionate, amazing people. It is an amazing program that enables students to excel in school and life. Not only do they learn academic lessons, but also life lessons! Overall, the program has a conductive atmosphere that is conducive to all kinds of growth, and the bond between the students, T.A's, and the teachers is amazing!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they students talk, and interact with each other. I have also seen improvement through the assessments that are given at the beginning and the end of the program. Each student improves in at least one aspect: personally or academically.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep the program the way it is. Everything is just as great as it could be.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with the kids is amazing!!!!!! i have gotten so close to them and overall i have just had an amazing time here!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, social, enthusiastic people who are committed to helping all of the students here!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have many more locations and it could affect so many more students who are in need!

Ways to make it better...

i can't really think of a way that the program could be improved. It is personal and lots of fun!!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

it's financial needs. not to an extreme need; however all of the students here attend without paying money and the program supports everything; therefore, it needs the support to go on!

One thing I'd also say is that...

this program is one that should definitely continue!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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