I'm a donor to Peninsula Bridge. I like their mission. I like that they have a long history of service in the palo alto community. Giving disadvantaged youth a summer enrichment activity is a wonderful way to keep them engaged in school and keep them from falling further behind. -Abe Farag
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.
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!
HOLA MI NOMBRE ES MARTIN MORA Y EL DE MI ESPOSA ES LUGARDA GOMEZ. A MI ME GUSTARIA COMENTARLES QUE MI HIJO : JUAN MORA TUVO LA FORTUNA DE PARTICIPAR EN EL PROGRAMA DE PENINSULA BRIGE POR 4 ANOS CONTINUOS LO CUAL SIEMPRE VOY A ESTAR AGRADECIDO YA QUE MI HIJO CRECIO ACADEMICAMENTE ADEMAS DE CRECER COMO PERSONA Y MORALMENTE YA QUE ESOS ANOS QUE PASO EN PENINSULA BRIGE ESTUVO RODEADO DE GRANDES PERSONAS YCOMPANEROS QUE VENIAN LLENOS DE ENERGIA , DE GRANDES IDEAS Y DE MUCHA MOTIVACION QUE INFLUYERON EN MI HIJO EL CUAL SIEMPRE VOY A ESTAR AGRADECIDO AHORA MI HIJA DAISY ESTACON UNA APLCACION EN PENINSULA LA CUAL ESPERO QUE ELLA PUEDA SER PARTE DE PENINSULA BRIGE E INFLUYA COMO LO HIZO CON MI HIJO ''''' MUCHAS GRACIAS A TODOS LOS QUE FORMAN PARTE DE PENINSULA''''' BRIGE'''''
Review from Guidestar
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".
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
Peninsula Bridge does an incredible job of preparing youth from underserved neighborhoods along the 101 corridor of the SF Peninsula to be successful when they enter high school. They do this with a commitment to teach the basics of math and English while providing a rich program that is fun and interesting for the students. The organizers, site directors, teachers, mentors and everyone else who is involved are passionate about their mission and do a tremendous job of making the students feel cared for.
Lo que yo pienso es que es un buen programa. Mis hijos se han beneficiado bastante. [Editor's translation: What I think is that it is a good program. My children have really benefited from it.)
My name is Georgina Ruiz and my daughter's name is Daisy Alvarado. She was in the Peninsula Bridge program last year, and this is her second year. I would like to write about the tremendous impact the Peninsula Bridge Program has had on my daughter's life. She was very happy while in the program and she really loved the ways the teachers interacted with her. The teachers and site director were very knowledgeable--very caring, loving, and kind. She learned a lot. I was amazed how she learned big words, like all the muscles in the body. She learned those words last year, but she still remembers them and uses them. She also could not wait to come back all through the year after she finished the program; she was always talking about coming back to the program. She was so excited to come back to the program that she couldn't even sleep the night before the first day. She also was really encouraged to improve, and got very motivated in her life after attending the program.
Mi nombre es Olga, yo tengo a mi hijo David en Peninsula Bridge. El esta muy contento en este programa y yo he mirado que el le ha servido mucho. Yo quiero dar las gracias por haberme dado la oportunidad a David de asistir a este programa. Todo es excelente y tratara de aprovechar lo que le estan ensenando. [Editor's translation: My name is Olga, I have a son David in Peninsula Bridge. He is very happy in this program and I have seen that it has served him a lot. I want to express thanks for David's opportunity to attend this program. Everything is excellent and he will try to use what they are teaching him.]