Bridging the Gap

Bridge Graduation

This has been the busiest ever summer for the Bridge Program; we celebrated the graduation of 84 students, matched over 110 new students starting university with scholarships, and engaged 160 potential scholarship students in our University Preparation Course (UPC). We’re growing at a pace we couldn’t have ever imagined.

DukeEngage
For the 6th year running, eight volunteers from Duke University participated in the DukeEngage Program in Lebanon. The volunteers provided additional SAT preparation to our UPC students.
SAT preparation is just one part of our students’ lengthy university application process. Over the next two years, these students will be given college guidance and counselling, before being matched with donors and funding for Universities in Lebanon and across the world.
A special thanks to Dr. Maha Al Houssami and Julia Daley from the DukeEngage Programs and the wonderful Duke students for their invaluable contribution to UPC 2018.

Scholarships
Over 110 students, the intake of 2018 – 2019, just crossed the bridge into their universities in Lebanon and abroad. This could not have been possible without the generous support of our donors, staff, and volunteers.
Applications for the Bridge Program will open in October 2018 and is open to all. Here’s to another year of students having access to higher education!

Graduation
84 students graduated from the Bridge program this year. Our bright Bridge Program participants celebrated their graduation from university, bringing the number of Bridge alumni to 411.
The ceremony was magical, tearful, sentimental and inspiring. The president of Lebanese American University, Dr. Joseph Jabbra, delivered a moving keynote speech filled with words of encouragement and enlightenment.

Time to FLY

Internships within the fields of engineering, banking, social work, programming and more will nurture our FLY (For the Livelihood of Youth) students’ soft skills, increasing their experience and developing their confidence to successfully and independently enter the job market.

The program was piloted this quarter and is currently at the halfway stage: 25 young men and women, all graduates of universities and vocational institutes, committed to and completed three months of intensive sessions in English for international use and soft skills workshops. They have all developed their resumes and practiced their newly acquired interview skills and are now in the process of applying for internships. These youth are proof to all of us that potential just needs an opportunity to blossom.

FLY is implemented in partnership with Taawon-Lebanon and Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.