Bridge Project Closes
Financial and operational impacts of COVID-19 lead to closure of after-school and tutoring program for youth
Due to financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bridge Project — a community outreach program of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) — will close permanently in May 2021.
“The Bridge Project’s decade-long struggle for financial sustainability has succumbed to the challenges facing many organizations and businesses due to COVID-19,” says GSSW Dean Amanda Moore McBride, noting that the pandemic has also made it physically impossible to deliver most of the Bridge Project’s programming.
The Bridge Project sites at Lincoln, Columbine, and Westwood physically closed in March as a result of the pandemic and will remain closed. Bridge’s academic tutoring, TECH Team, and other high school programming was offered virtually this spring and will continue virtually in the 2020–21 academic year. GSSW will honor commitments to Bridge students who received scholarships to attend college.
“We remain committed to the children, youth, and families Bridge serves,” says McBride, noting that the program will work over the next year to integrate its students into other youth-serving organizations. “As we phase out the Bridge Project, we are committed to ensuring that the aspects of Bridge that were most effective live on in the Denver community.”