About The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project provides a path for youth in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods to graduate from high school and go on to attend college or choose a vocation by engaging them in educational opportunities and facilitating the development of life skills and self-sufficiency.

“You may know the Bridge Project as an after-school program that helps students with schoolwork. It’s so much more. It’s a place to belong — a second family that always welcomes you with open arms.”

Elian, age 18, the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college
Elian, Bridge Project Alumnus
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Vision and core values

Vision and Core Values

Our vision is that all youth in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods choose to be self-sufficient and contributing members of our community.

  • Community

    We will create an emotionally and physically safe environment for everyone to be supported. We will practice cultural responsiveness and inclusivity. In The Bridge Project community, we are safe, we belong, and we feel love. We build relationships through consistent acknowledgement, recognition and celebration of ourselves and one another.

  • Integrity

    We hold ourselves and each other accountable. We are truthful, honest and transparent. We all lead by example.

  • Intentionality

    We are aware and thoughtful of our words, actions and programs. We value youth voices. We create and maintain a structure for positive youth development that aligns with The Bridge Project mission.

  • Growth

    We have a growth mindset. We acknowledge we all have opportunity for growth. We show up as coachable. We give and receive feedback. We practice self-reflection and humility. We take action and we come to the table with solutions.

Our Team

Whether they’re researchers, administrators or front-line educators, Bridge Project staff are dedicated to creating opportunities for youth in Denver low-income public housing communities.

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Our History

Inspired by former University of Denver Chancellor Dan Ritchie and his vision that the University be a great private university dedicated to the public good, The Bridge Project was created in 1991 to reduce educational barriers, increase educational opportunities and improve learning outcomes for children and youth in Denver public housing communities. A collaboration among community members, University of Denver faculty and the Denver Housing Authority, The Bridge Project was co-founded by Ritchie and philanthropist Philip D. Winn (1925–2017).

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