Bridges Foundations

The Bridges to a Brighter Future summer program is life-changing. Students attend the four-week summer residential program at Furman University for three consecutive summers beginning the summer before tenth grade. The intensive activities, workshops, classes, and exposure experiences transform students' attitudes, perspectives, and goals.

Summer Program Components Include:

  • Living on the Furman University campus for four consecutive weeks with one weekend at home.
  • A daily schedule that begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 p.m.
  • A weekly schedule that includes four academic class days and one field trip day.
  • Academic classes include Math, English, Social Studies, Science, College Planning, and an Elective class.
  • Greenville county teachers serve as faculty and college students serve as live-in counselors and mentors.
  • Three nights a week, students participate in evening physical and sport activities.
  • Once a week rising juniors and seniors visit colleges in and out-of-state.
  • Once a week rising sophomores take field trips in and around the Greenville community.
  • Students participate in community service.
  • Evening and weekend workshops include career exposure and planning, college planning, financial aid, conflict management, healthy decision-making, dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, leadership development, diversity training, life skills, social etiquette, and personal development.
  • Weekend activities include roller skating, theatre, ice skating, water and theme parks, movies, pool parties at the Furman President’s home, and other social outlets.