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Bridge Builders

Please see the announcement below about Bridge Builders® leadership program. If you have any questions, you can contact Julia McWhirter, BRIDGES Director of Community Engagement, at jmcwhirter@bridgesusa.org.

bridge builders Ready to make a difference in Memphis? Become a Bridge Builder.


Find your voice,  develop your leadership skills and prepare to change the world. 

Open       to 6th-11th graders

Early       Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 17th


BRIDGES 477 North   Fifth St. 901.452.5600

BRIDGES unites and inspires diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. www.bridgesusa.org


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BRIDGES looking to fill four full-time AmeriCorps Positions

POSITION TITLEBRIDGES AmeriCorps Member: Bridge Builders® Facilitation Specialist

REPORTS TODirector of Community Engagement


POSITION DESCRIPTIONBRIDGES is seeking four (4) full-time AmeriCorps members to

serve as Facilitation Specialists for the Bridge Builders® program. This is a one-year, full time

(1700 hours required) position from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013. Members will work 25-30

hours per week during the school year (August – May) and 40+ hours per week during the summer (June – July).

BENEFITS:  AmeriCorps members will receive a living stipend of $17,000 per year, an  education award of $5,550, and full employee benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. Other benefits include student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, and working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and BRIDGES staff to create positive community change in Memphis.

ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  Founded in 1922, BRIDGES is a local non-profit located in Memphis, Tennessee. Its mission is to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice. Located in the Uptown neighborhood, the BRIDGES Center is the first green commercial building in Memphis and features a state of the art indoor high ropes course and rock climbing wall. Founded in 1988, the Bridge Builders® program uses experiential learning/adventure based education to empower diverse youth leaders to create positive community change. Bridge Builders® currently serves approximately 5,000 youth from more than 100 schools across the Greater Memphis area.


1. Serve 25-35 hours per week during the school year and 40+ hours per week during the summer. Program dates and times vary but normally occur during the school day and afterschool (Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 8pm), and on weekends (Saturdays from 8am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm). Intensive summer programming occurs May 29 – July 28 with required attendance Monday through Friday from 7:30am-6:30pm and Saturdays from 7:30am-3:30pm.

2. Facilitate/co-facilitate Bridge Builders® programming – including meetings, workshops and full day events and conferences – in schools, community organizations and on-site at the BRIDGES Center.

3. Lead groups of 10-20 youth through experiential learning activities and discussions focused on leadership,  cmmunity and justice.

4. Prepare program materials, handouts, curriculum guides, etc. for all meetings, events and trainings.

5. Assist in the managing and maintenance of curriculum tools and supplies.

6. Facilitate pre- and post-program evaluations.

7. Assist with the recruitment and retention of Bridge Builders participants.

8. Support the positive development and sustaining of partnerships with schools and other community organizations.

9. Ensure, with the guidance of the Director of Bridge Builders® , that risk management procedures are implemented and followed during Bridge Builders®  programming.

10. Represent BRIDGES at events, conferences, meetings, public forums, etc. that may require speaking to groups on behalf of BRIDGES.

11. Attend all trainings per AmeriCorps and BRIDGES requirements.

12. Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Director of Community Engagement or other senior managers.


1. To serve in AmeriCorps, individuals must be at least 17 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are required.

2. Experience providing and leading programs for adolescent youth in the field of experiential/adventure based education.

3. Possess a genuine interest in and desire for knowledge that promotes the mission of BRIDGES, including community building, leadership development and youth-led movements for racial, economic, educational and environmental justice.

4. Possess a genuine interest, knowledge and passion for working with a diverse population of adolescent youth so that their unique assets are recognized and developed.

5. Is a lifelong learner and exhibits this in his/her life.

6. Have experience and enthusiasm for coaching and developing the strengths and skills of youth participants.

7. Values diversity and seeks out opportunities for self, staff, volunteers and program participants to interact and learn in diverse settings.

8. Detail oriented with ability to multi-task while maintaining high quality accountability measurements and documentation for the Bridge Builders® program and each of its components.

9. Strength in developing and maintaining positive working relationships where open communication exists with BRIDGES staff, community partners and funding agencies.

10. Good verbal and written communication skills (interpersonal, intercultural and corporate); good interpersonal and leadership skills.

11. Must be computer literate with knowledge of and experience using Microsoft products.

12. Must possess a valid driver’s license and show proof of liability insurance coverage as required by the laws of the State of Tennessee and as outlined in the BRIDGES Employee Handbook.

13. Must have own means of reliable transportation to work and to multiple program venues throughout the city.

14. Must be flexible and able to work evenings and weekends as required.



1. Requires ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit departments at BRIDGES Center, schools, off campus training sessions, summer camps and conferences, etc.

2. Employee will participate in all high-energy activities of the Experiential Learning Center; participation requires ability to climb, run, stoop, elevate to high ropes course, etc.

3. Able to lift, carry and / or move 40 pounds unassisted and up to 75 pounds with assistance.

4. Employee is regularly required to walk, talk, see and hear.

5. Requires excellent communication skills, both spoken and written.

6. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear and see. The employee is required to use hands and fingers to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

In compliance with applicable law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Julia McWhirter, Director of Community Engagement, at jmcwhirter@bridgesusa.org by July 1, 2012. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. Due to the large amount of applicants, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants selected for an interview will also be required to submit an application through the My AmeriCorps portal. For additional information about AmeriCorps, please visit www.americorps.gov.  For additional information about BRIDGES and the Bridge Builders program, please visit www.bridgesusa.org.

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