Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County, South Carolina high school and college students whose potential outdistances their circumstances.
Bridges is designed to not only expose students to college, but to address and eliminate the personal, social, and cultural barriers that often prevent low-income and first-generation students from achieving college graduation. Bridges to a Brighter Future literally changes lives and is one of the distinctive community outreach programs at Furman University and in South Carolina.
Bridges engages students in an intensive seven-year program that begins after ninth grade and continues through college.
Bridges includes three seamless components: Bridges Foundations, Saturday College, and Crossing the Bridge. Students attend Bridges Foundations, the four-week summer residential program on the Furman University campus for three consecutive summers; participate in the year-round monthly academic support program called Bridges Saturday College, and successfully transition to college through Crossing the Bridge, a college retention program to ensure students graduate from college.
To transform the lives of students, whose potential outdistances their circumstances, by providing educational access and opportunity through a comprehensive program that builds self-confidence, resiliency, and leadership in order to break the cycle of poverty through post-secondary education.
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