Sometimes all a young woman needs to grow and blossom is kindness and direction from a caring adult. Roxanne got that from Bridge staff when she came to The Bridge Urban Springfield program. With help, she developed from a withdrawn young teen to the college graduate and career woman that she is today.
Personal struggles including the death of a close family member contributed to Roxanne’s social isolation. Staff recognized her need for guidance and assigned her a mentor. Board Member Mary Burt took Roxanne under her wing.
Roxanne set her sights on a college education, participating in college tours and learned about the costs of a college education. She earned her first job at The Bridge summer camp and later became the Bridge receptionist after school.
She got involved with Bridge Straight Talk, a sexuality health education program funded by The Jaguar Foundation. As a peer educator with other Bridge students, she conducted outreach programs in the community, spreading the word about responsible choices and health. Roxanne also represented The Bridge Straight Talk program at two national Ryan White conferences in Dallas and Washington D.C.
Roxanne was admitted to Bethune Cookman University. With the encouragement and guidance of her mentor, Mary Burt, Roxanne graduated in May 2011, with a degree in criminal justice and currently works in the juvenile justice field.