Thursday, September 02, 2004

An important note from my fabulous sister in law, Magdalene. If you know anyone who would benefit from this amazing and much needed program, please pass the info along (and if you can help out in any other way, please let Magdalene know)...

Dear Friends -

I am in the process of recruiting students for The Bridge Program: Community, Humanities, Education for our 2004-2005 academic year. It's a fantastic 9 month accredited program in the Humanities offered to low-income adults, at absolutely no cost. In addition to the academic program we provide books, study materials, a free meal, child care and transportation. We have an unusually short recruiting period this year, so I am reaching far and wide to ask for your help in putting the word out about this incredible learning opportunity. Classes begin September 28 and run through June 21 and are located in Santa Monica at New Roads School and Burke Health Center. Application and registration deadline is 9/14. Late applications by appointment until 9/20.

In the past, some of our best students have been:

"former drug addicts, gang members, undocumented workers who had given everything for their children’s future and reserved little for themselves, homeless men and women, the working poor, staff members at community agencies, middle-aged women who had always put others before themselves, community activists, and others marginalized in various ways came together to claim—most for the very first time—their education." (from the founding director's statement)

We are recruiting from many organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of Venice, St. Vincent's Cardinal Manning Center, LampVillage, ScanPH, Ocean Park Community Center, Turning Point, Sojourn, and Daybreak, in addition to Chrysalis, and Venice Family Clinic. Please let me know if you can think of any other organizations, churches, or community centers I might try and contact.

In addition, if you know of or work at an organization or local community center or cafe where you might put up flyers, a stack of information sheets, or know of someone who is interested and would like to give them more information, attached below are our most recent info sheets, flyers, and program description.

Thanks in advance for any and all help. I need to fill 30 seats!


Magdalene Brandeis
Executive Director,
The Bridge Program
310 456-8256 tel
310 463-2789 cel
310 317-9639 fax

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