BRidge to Hope Academic Support

A Peacemaking Project by Nicole S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Equity in public education, in its ideal sense, refers to the principle that all students are afforded equal educational opportunities. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most urban communities. Especially in the deep south; specifically, Louisiana. Our state is ranked the lowest in education. BRidges to Hope will solve the gap between student deficiency in attaining the additional supportive resources needed to study, learn and excel as their peers in private or parochial academic institutions. BRidges to Hope is designed to provide youth in secondary academic public and charter institutions with an adult academic mentor currently enrolled in a post secondary institution. The overall goal is to promote college preparation and increase the rate of student success in basic math and English.


Adrian B. Peace First Staff
5 April 2018 14:01

Hi Nicole,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!


RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
2 January 2018 11:39

Hi, Nicole. Thanks for the additional information. Any particular area where we can help?  

Nicole S.
1 January 2018 22:39

Hi! Yes, that's a great idea. I love the idea of implementing a community chance project around the root cause of educational disparities.

During the school day, students will be paired with a tutor to work one on one with them in an area they have tested below grade average on. Tutors will be given an academic profile by the students professional educator outlining the areas where improvement is needed; as well as, any social barriers that may require support in order for the student to be academically successful.  

Nicole S.
1 January 2018 22:27

Hi! Absolutely. The youth who will benefit from this initiative are currently enrolled in a public school that is performing drastically lower than the state's educational performance requirements. Many of the students can not read on grade level and come from low income families. The students will be assigned to a tutor for one on one academic assistance. The students who are preforming the lowest in their class will be identified by a professional educator and paired with a tutor.  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
31 December 2017 19:13

Nicole, this is an amazing project! I'm interested in hearing more about what the students, and their tutors in postsecondary programs, do together. Could there be a way for mentors and mentees to work together on creating community change projects to address some of the root causes of this educational opportunity crisis?  

RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
27 December 2017 15:33

Great to see your project, Nicole! Could you tell us a bit more about the role that young people play in this initiative?