Our “Bridging the Gap” Summer and Spring Programs have around twenty-five to thirty-five students in grades five through eleven enrolled in our full day, six week session (Summer) or one week session (Spring). The students spend their mornings in academic classes emphasizing reading, math and computer skills. Their afternoons include lessons in art, chess, African drumming, science activities, yoga, sports, and more. On several afternoons, youth have participated in a community clean-up effort in the area immediately around the gym. Thanks to our generous partners, we are able to offer the youth field trips to many venues in San Diego. Dennis Conner sponsored a luncheon at the San Diego Yacht Club and a harbor cruise on his famous “Stars and Stripes”. KUSI TV covered the outing and ran a piece on the news that evening. Each summer we also receive tickets to SeaWorld. The Padres Organization donate tickets as well for us to attend games at Petco Park. Other field trips included a career day and lunch with our partners at SDG&E & Wawanesa and a dinner/theater trip to The Old Globe to see “The Tempest” and a complimentary tour in 2012. The USCD School of Medicine also hosted ABC for its Research Training Program.
Through the SDUSD Summer Feeding Program, and the sponsorship of BAME church, the students attending our summer program ate lunch Monday through Thursday free of charge. Thanks to our sponsor, Tod Firotto, they enjoyed a lunch treat of pizza and soda every Friday. The Coca-Cola Company and Ken Ramirez donated $900 worth of products to the program as well. Kids also get to go swimming on Wednesday afternoons at our partnered Jackie Robinson YMCA and had a full swim day at the Border View Family YMCA.
In April of 2012, ABC had its first Spring Break “Bridging the Gap” Program for one week. This week continued to provide twenty-five students with a full day program with enrichment activities and field trips as well as free lunch the entire week. Our youth participated in activities hosted by the National Guard (ROPE courses and leadership and teamwork development), San Diego Water Color Society art lessons, Theater & Acting classes (provided by the Old Globe), Nutrition Lessons, Math and Reading classes as well as field trips to the San Diego Court House, SDG&E and Wawanesa Insurance. Through its success we will continue to offer this opportunity during the Spring Breaks and Winter Breaks as well.
The break program sessions create tremendous positive changes and growth in the youth who attend. This program allows our youth to maintain their academic levels while offering them enrichment opportunities. We have seen the benefits translated into better academic performance and increased self-esteem during the school year. The intention is to make this “Bridging the Gap” program available to an increased number of students every school break.
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