1993: The Coldstream Project (now ‘Bridges’) opens a summer program for 18 elementary school-aged students at Coldstream Park Elementary, a Title I School in East Baltimore.
2001: Bridges makes plans to expand its summer program through the end of middle school; envisions a six-summer program spanning end of grade 3 to beginning of grade 9.
2004: Bridges completes expansion and graduates 11 students from the six-summer program into high school.
2005: Bridges hires first full-time director to manage existing operations, expand supports for Bridges students and parents, build service opportunities for SP/SPSFG students, and raise funds.
2005 – Present
- Expanded supports for Bridges families
- New initiatives supporting elementary and middle school families: after school tutor-mentoring, weekend mentoring, middle and high school guidance
- New initiatives supporting high school families: paid summer jobs, college preparation, resources for special support (academic, social)
- Expanded service opportunities for SP / SPSFG Students
- Bridges provides 70+ service opportunities each year for students at SP / SPSFG; Summer Counselors (30-35), Winter Tutors (20–30), Spring Tutors (20-30)
- Bridges creates a one to two year staff position for a St. Paul’s graduate to assist with programs and learn about non-profit management
- Increased staffing to support growth
- 2007: Added part-time staff member to help with school guidance and special support
- 2009: Added a 1 – 2 year staff position for a St. Paul’s Graduate
- 2011: Added full-time staff member to manage and grow high school/college support
- Created an Advisory Board to help with strategic questions (established February 16, 2011)