PHOTO ABOVE shows one of our students participating in a workshop activity from inside his closet, in order to respect his family members during the COVID-19 stay home orders.
COVID-19 has greatly impacted BRDG (Bridge to Connect), an organization with a mission to support first-generation STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) college students to thrive in technical careers. The first step in supporting these young leaders is to instill in them communication and soft skills that will enable their professional development. The second step is to help teach students how to look for, apply, and choose internships. Because these students are often low-income, the program provides students with a stipend which releases the students from immediate work obligations and allows them to dedicate their time applying for internships while gaining the necessary skills to be successful in the workplace.
Unfortunately, although students have been applying for internships, due to COVID-19, a majority of these internship opportunities have been cancelled. These students still need to receive their stipend, since it is what they have been were using to survive. The students are not yet qualified for unemployment because they have not been working under the unemployment rules. We are asking for your help to support these students during this crisis. This will not only help them, but also their families who depend on them.
At the same time, because of this economic condition, our organization is not in the position to fully support the students. The impact of contributions to this effort will directly support student stipends, and their mentoring and soft-skills training.