Bridges, a program of the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, are gathering places that connect local families to community resources so more children are born healthy, remain free from abuse and neglect, are ready for kindergarten, and are on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
Bridges support a community-networking concept that coordinates services; reduces duplication of efforts; engages residents; and builds partnerships among businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and civic and religious groups.
The 10 Bridges locations are run by local nonprofit organizations (Children’s Home Society and Housing Partnership Inc., in collaboration with St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, Lake Worth Resident Planning Group and New Beginnings Community Development Center) that have experience in community engagement and long-standing relationships within their neighborhoods and beyond. While each Bridges will be tailored to its community needs, most will include the following: health and wellness information; support for parents in raising their children; access to medical care for pregnant women and young children; and links to programs that engage teens to make healthy choices.
Housing Partnership manages five Bridges:
Bridges at Highland @ Highland Elementary in Lake Worth
Bridges at Lake Worth in Lake Worth
Bridges at Pahokee in Pahokee
Bridges at Belle Glade in Belle Glade
Bridges at Riviera Beach in Riviera Beach
The Pahokee Mentor Center, Mentoring at Pioneer Park Elementary and Mentoring at Highland programs support our mission to build healthy communities and improve the quality of life of children and families. The mentored youth have an opportunity to form lasting relationships with significant mentors who provide guidance and support. Participation in a nurturing, stable relationship with an adult in their life increases their protective factors. Our mentoring programs are based on The Elements of Best Practices. The mentors and mentees meet and participate in structured activities at the school-based site during the traditional after school hours.
We manage the following mentoring programs:
Pahokee Mentor Center at Pahokee Elementary
Mentoring at Pioneer Park at Pioneer Park Elementary in Belle Glade
Mentoring at Highland at Highland Elementary in Lake Worth
The Youth Enrichment Academies (YEA) are licensed after school programs serving school-aged children aged 5 - 12 years old. Children enjoy a wide variety of activities and programming that develop the assets in youth which lead to resilience and success. Our family-centered YEA programs are open daily from 2pm to 6pm and all day for eight weeks of summer camp. Our two after school programs have been serving the Glades community now for ten years:
Pahokee Youth Enrichment Academy in Pahokee
Pioneer Park Youth Enrichment Academy in Belle Glade
The mission of Safe Kids Program is to prevent accidental injury and death. The Safe Kids program, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Safe Kids Coalition, has been changing lives and providing life saving information for the past 21 years. Through outreach campaigns, promotional events and resource fairs, the staff gets the message out to parents and children on how to stay safe. Awareness campaigns on proper use of car seats and bike helmets, not leaving your child in the car and drowning prevention are key examples of their focus. Safe Kids Program is funded by the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The beacon centers and mentoring programs are excited to have such a collaborative partner program join the team.