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.

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IMPACT

90%

Bridges for Schools partners increased or maintained Hispanic enrollment

95%

Bridges for Schools partners developed new Spanish language communications materials

1,400

 Latino families reached anually

BRIDGES FOR SCHOOLS INFORMATION SESSION

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BRIDGES FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

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 “Ensuring all of our Hispanic and Latino families are welcomed and have access to pertinent school information is a vital commitment to supporting the school operations at St. Mary’s School in Landover Hills. We are proud of our commitment to ensuring our Hispanic and Latino families know they matter, and it is demonstrated in concrete processes and protocols so there is access to the same information as our English-speaking families.”

LaSandra Hayes, Principal, St. Mary’s School of Landover Hills