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Turn up the volume on youth voices.

BRIDGES is a safe place for young people to connect, raise their voices, and become catalysts for community change.

Let’s activate
student leadership!

Students are the leaders of tomorrow and, more importantly, today. BRIDGES amplifies youth voices in Memphis to get diverse ideas into our city's decision making. Our programs are an incubator for students to grow confidence, connect with others, and become community leaders.

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Bridge Builders Youth Program


Custom Workshops & Experiences

Our Connect Team works with teachers and leaders to create custom experiences for students that complement classroom curriculum. These sessions grow relationships, problem-solving skills, empathy, and confidence.

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Summer & Year-Round Leadership

Our Collaborate program kicks off with a 5-day summer conference to help youth unlock their true leadership potential. Students will focus on building skills and relationships to help them grow throughout the school year.

Discover your leadership potential



Students in grades 8-12 enroll in this one-year community service project to become influential community organizers and advocates.

Create change in Memphis

Youth Action Center

The YAC is a hub where student and community leaders come together to work on projects, policies, and reform movements that impact young people and adults alike. The YAC is by and for the youth who fill its space with innovation, compassion, creativity, and forward thinking.

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Team-building that rocks!

Bring your group closer with our unique approach to team-building. We help organizations create healthier cultures through shared experiences that allow teams to bond and grow. Let us help your team reach new heights!
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Every student counts.

Young people are born with creativity and passion to lead. BRIDGES has worked with thousands of students to unlock that potential and activate new generations of leaders across Memphis.

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*Data from 2022-2023


Total youth


Schools and youth-serving organizations


Zip Codes

4 of 5

students said
their leadership skills improved