Colorado enjoys an incredible range of diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, class, nation of origin, language, gender identity or other exceptionalities. Segregation between our populations, however, is persistent in many ways, including our state’s schools.
This June, we are piloting Building Bridges Colorado. During the summer intensive, 24 young women from our school partners George Washington in Denver and Greeley West, and other schools yet to be identified, will come together to address the segregation in their schools. Often along race or class lines, segregation can be due to social norms, special academic programs, or other causes. Building Bridges Colorado will offer the participants the opportunity to discuss the things that divide them, and to build deep relationships. They will also acquire Building Bridges’ set of communication and leadership skills designed to allow young people to explore their own identities and to amplify their own voices.
Following June’s summer intensive, participants return to their home schools, to continue the work and find ways to share what they’ve learned.
The Colorado program will include:
⁃ A 10-day residential summer component, June 8-17 in Allenspark, CO.
⁃ Monthly school-year programming from July 2014 to May 2015
⁃ Two weekend retreats, one in fall 2014 and one in Spring 2015
⁃ Individual or group school-year projects
Participants will include:
⁃ Female students entering sophomore, junior and senior classes in the 2014-2015 academic school year who are interested in meeting peers from different backgrounds
⁃ Diversity across grade level, race, class, nation or origin, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other exceptionality
For more information about Building Bridges Colorado, please contact Deme at Deme@BuildingBridgesColorado.org