What We Do
Bridges Social Development offers training and support to build the capacity of youth and young adults. This work is carried out through an approach based on Bridges’ Unveiling Youth Potential program, which is aimed at realizing the potential of youth and young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 by supporting their leadership roles in building strong, resilient communities.
Bridges’ works by responding to community invitations to design and implement programs that help discover and develop youth potential. All initiatives are co-designed with communities based on the concepts contained in our Unveiling Youth Potential approach. This approach believes in the potential of youth and uses elements of personal leadership, community leadership, and change leadership to encourage and inspire this potential into reality. In essence, Bridges Social Development exists to meet needs, or confront barriers that unlock the potential of youth and young adults. Many of our current invitations are with First Nations communities in the Treaty 7 area.
First Nations youth in Calgary are struggling to create meaningful futures for themselves and their communities. While there are many offerings of programs that target First Nations youth, these existing programs encounter challenges with engagement of youth, and follow through by youth participants in pursuing their career and/or academic goals. Canada Bridges believes that the need for First Nations youth is not another pre-employment program offering, but rather a broader need for coordination, collaboration, youth engagement and ongoing mentorship that Bridges has the expertise and opportunity to fill. Our support includes intentional and active youth engagement, programming co-design and delivery, and long-term mentorship for youth and young adults post-program to support individuals as they navigate their way to school, a career or meaningful work, or community involvement.