BRIDGES FOR SCHOOLS
Bridges for Schools provides resources and tools for Catholic schools to successfully welcome, enroll, engage, and retain Latino students and their families. The program uses Spanish and bilingual communications strategies to promote inclusion and unity in school communities. Bridges for Schools is a key component of the Foundation’s Education Imperative program.
Each Bridges for Schools grant is tailored to the self-identified needs of the school and their goals related to Hispanic engagement. Bridges for Schools grants have supported:
Human translation of school materials to inform and improve parent engagement in school registration, activities, high school or college preparation process, etc.
In-person translation at meetings and events
Parent engagement strategies
Spanish language website content
Latino Family Liaisons or bilingual front office staff
Spanish language or bilingual video and audio
Parent Ambassador programs (Madrinas model)
Representative photography (photos that capture the diversity of a school community)
Culturally responsive imagery and art
WHY BRIDGES FOR SCHOOLS?
The Crimsonbridge Foundation launched Bridges for Schools in April 2018 after hosting the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington. The LEI is a program founded and led by the University of Notre Dame that provides Catholic schools with concrete strategies and interventions to transform their schools to better attract and serve Latino families. Principals, pastors, and staff from 50 Catholic schools in the Greater Washington region participated in this professional development training in 2018. Following the training, schools expressed a need for communications and marketing tools to more intentionally welcome and serve Latino families. Crimsonbridge designed Bridges for Schools to meet this need and provide technical assistance to help schools advance these efforts and promote school and parish vitality.
Bridges for Schools partners increased or maintained Hispanic enrollment
Bridges for Schools partners developed new Spanish language communications materials
Latino families reached anually