Main Campus

After-School Programs

Bridge Urban Springfield

While there are other neighborhood programs providing after school activities, only The Bridge operates a “holistic” model that addresses academics, health, social enrichment, mentoring, job skills training and jobs.

The Bridge Urban Springfield (BUS) program represents an integration of after-school and summer camp programs and services conscientiously designed to directly address the issues that affect children from Jacksonville’s most overburdened families. The model serves an active after school enrollment of 224 students, ages 6 to 18.

Every day BUS staff battles the academic and social problems facing children living in extreme poverty. Bridge Urban Springfield students learn and grow through:

  • Reading/ math skills
  • FCAT/ homework help
  • Daily nutritious snack and evening meal
  • Health and Dental Care
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Straight Talk Sexuality Education
  • Job skills training and employment
  • Sports Activities
  • Art classes
  • Mentoring

Enrichment Programs

Enrichment programs are not only critical but are another component of The Bridge’s holistic approach. Enrichment activities take place after homework hour and include a variety of activities including art classes, dance, step, field trips and sports activities.


Academic Assistance

The Bridge’s Main Campus students are from 47 different area elementary, middle and high schools, many of which are challenged with:

  • The lowest readers
  • The lowest attendance levels
  • The lowest promotion rates
  • The lowest FCAT scores
  • The lowest learning gains in Duval County

The Bridge has tutors on campus daily using tutors from private tutoring companies and community volunteers who assist our students with homework. Tutors work to assist our students to grasp and understand basic academic principles.