The Giving Tree @ La Jolla Country Day School has it’s best year ever!

The Giving Tree @ La Jolla Country Day School has it’s best year ever! (abridgeforkids.org)

After 10 years of helping Foster Youth in San Diego, this was The Giving Tree’s best year ever! The program took almost 550 specific wishes from San Diego’s most at risk Foster youth and over a a 48 hour period essentially all of those wishes had been granted and were waiting to be hand delivered on December 13th.

This is truly an event on campus with both students and parents actively involved in picking out their gift requests. Some very generous families took multiple wishes at a time and talked about how fun it would be to shop for their foster youth this holiday season. Requests for Games, Books, art Supplies and warm PJs for the holiday Season were all in high demand but as has been the case for many years now, Ipod’s remain the top request.

The Nance Family, who founded A Bridge For Kids, volunteered to run the event this year as a family. “We had plans on being at the School all day November 26, 27 and 28th, but by the end of day December 27, we had just a few kids with holiday wishes left. We are happy to report all of the wishes are in the hands of loving families who will make these wishes a reality and return them wrapped and ready to be delivered to those children in need this Holiday Season!”

It was a fabulous year The Giving Tree and A Bridge For Kids working on one common goal- Bringing one holiday wish to almost 550 Foster Kids in need! Happy New Year everyone and Thank you to all of those who make this dream a reality year after year!

A Bridge for Kids announces winner of essay contest and $2,000 sponsorship.

Congratulations to Laura Castro the winner of the 2012 A Bridge for Kids Essay Contest and a $2,000 sponsorship.

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Laura Castro, from The Preuss School in San Diego, won the first annual essay contest and the first prize, a $2,000 sponsorship from A Bridge for Kids. Laura’s essay was judged to be both the most creative and original by a panel of judges, beating out numerous other entries including many from her own school!

What one thing would you change if you were President for the day? That was question posed to teenagers everywhere and in the winning essay Laura said that she would “require schools to put more emphasis on involvement of sports towards younger generations to help develop future leaders and help students learn valuable life lessons.” Tammy Nance, from A Bridge for Kids and a judge in the contest, commented “There were so many great essays to read through but Laura’s really stood out to me. I thought the issue discussed was not only topical but the analysis was well thought out and articulated”

Mrs. Nance added, “We look forward to helping hard working, motivated teens like Laura. We work with each individual to understand their specific situation, to understand their needs and to make sure the money is used wisely. Whether is providing help with scholastics, athletics or something in the arts, we aim to provide that “hand up” to those who aspire to better their lives.”

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A Bridge for Kids Essay Contest (abridgeforkids.org)

 A Bridge for Kids 2012 Essay Contest

“What I would change if I were President for a day?” 

With the Presidential election dominating the news for the past few months, A Bridge for Kids wants to know what one thing our teens would change if they were President for a day.  In 750 words or less we want you to describe the 1 thing that you would change if you had the ultimate power as CEO of the USA.

Would you demand longer lunch breaks for all students? How about providing your school with funding for something it doesn’t have?  Or even pass a law requiring the your favorite team to make it to the Super Bowl every year!

It’s all up to you!

Essays will be judged on both creativity and originality.  We will be accepting essays through December 2nd and we will announce a winner by December 9th, 2012.  The winner will receive a 1-year sponsorship from A Bridge for Kids, valued at $2000.  See below for complete rules and eligibility requirements.

Contest Guidelines and Rules:

  • Student must be born on or before 12/31/1999 in order to qualify as a teen.
  • Contest is open to all students currently enrolled in A Bridge for Kids approved school for the 2012/13 school year.
  • Essays must be limited to 750 words or less and describe the one thing you would change if you were the President of the United States for a day.
  • Essays will be judged equally on both originality and creativity.
  • Essay along with A Bridge for Kids sponsorship application must be received by December 2nd, 2012.  Applicant can scan/email to mnance@abridgeforkids.org or mail to:  A Bridge for Kids 4445 Eastgate Mall- Suite #200 San Diego, CA 92121
  • One winner will be picked and notified by December 9th, 2012.
  • Value of sponsorship is $2,000.   To find out more about what is covered in A Bridge for Kids sponsorship please visit our web site @ abridgeforkids.org (“What we do” tab) for more sponsorship details.
  • If you would like to get your school approved, please call Mike at 858-812-3150 to get your school approved.            

About A Bridge for Kids

Our Vision 

To be a forward thinking, financially solid and self sustaining organization that dramatically impacts the lives of teenagers, allowing each and every young teen to pursue their dreams and aspirations regardless of their economic situation.  We strive to help young people in need…succeed!

Our Mission

Our mission is to build a bridge between young teens who are in need of educational and financial assistance and those people that can provide these resources. In doing so, we strive to make lasting improvements in the lives of young people and the society in which they live.

The Need

Every year foster youth are given a clothes stipend that barely covers the cost of a new pair of shoes.  Many have no money for the necessary school supplies or school activities such as a prom or class trip.  Not surprisingly, less than 50% will ever graduate high school, approximately 25% will eventually become homeless and only 3% will earn a college degree.

Every month inner city teens are choosing the street over pursuing a sport or hobby, primarily because of a lack of financial resources.

Every week children are dislocated from one or more of their parents and are in need of a helping hand in order to continue to pursue a specific interest in a sport, the arts or academics

Every day kids everywhere are looking for a “hand up” in lieu of a “hand out”.

What We Do…Child Sponsorship

As our Mission describes we build bridges between those that have and those that need.  The primary program we provide is A Bridge for Kids Teen Sponsorship.  We believe that by sponsoring a child you help bring long-term changes to a child’s life and their community.  What makes our organization unique is that we recognize that each child has different needs and dreams and just as no two children are exactly the same, neither are our Sponsorships. We tailor the program to the individual and provide resources for everything from the basic necessities like school supplies and clothing to athletic equipment for the aspiring athlete.  Our goal is to take dreams and make them reality.

Our Approach

1)  We actively identify people who would like to impact the lives of teenagers in need.

2)  We find young teens who aspire to advance but are handicapped by a lack of financial resources.

3)  We bring together the sponsor and recipient, ensure all resources are being used wisely and oversee each relationship to a successful conclusion.

4)  We individually review each case and strive to make the next one even better.

For additional information please go to our web site @ abridgeforkids.org.

A Bridge for Kids @ abridgeforkids.org

Our Mission

Our mission is to build a bridge between young teens who are in need of educational and financial assistance and those people that can provide these resources. In doing so, we strive to make lasting improvements in the lives of young people and the society in which they live.

The Need

Every year foster youth are given a clothes stipend that barely covers the cost of a new pair of shoes.  Many have no money for the necessary school supplies or school activities such as a prom or class trip.  Not surprisingly, less than 50% will ever graduate high school, approximately 25% will eventually become homeless and only 3% will earn a college degree.

Every month inner city teens are choosing the street over pursuing a sport or hobby, primarily because of a lack of financial resources.

Every week children are dislocated from one or more of their parents and are in need of a helping hand in order to continue to pursue a specific interest in a sport, the arts or academics

Every day kids everywhere are looking for a “hand up” in lieu of a “hand out”.

What We Do…Child Sponsorship

As our Mission describes we build bridges between those that have and those that need.  The primary program we provide is A Bridge for Kids Teen Sponsorship.  We believe that by sponsoring a child you help bring long-term changes to a child’s life and their community.  What makes our organization unique is that we recognize that each child has different needs and dreams and just as no two children are exactly the same, neither are our Sponsorships. We tailor the program to the individual and provide resources for everything from the basic necessities like school supplies and clothing to athletic equipment for the aspiring athlete.  Our goal is to take dreams and make them reality.

Our Approach

1)  We actively identify people who would like to impact the lives of teenagers in need.

2)  We find young teens who aspire to advance but are handicapped by a lack of financial resources.

3)  We bring together the sponsor and recipient, ensure all resources are being used wisely and oversee each relationship to a successful conclusion.

4)  We individually review each case and strive to make the next one even better.

Enter A Bridge for Kids Halloween Picture Contest

Happy Halloween from A Bridge for Kids!  Send us your best Halloween photo to tnance@abridgeforkids.org and we will post the winner next week on our web site abridgeforkids.org and on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/ABridgeForKids. As an extra incentive the winner will get a $15 Cold Stone gift certificate.

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Stewardship of Our Children

A Bridge for Kids:

Wonderful Biblical view of children and our responsibilities to them.

Originally posted on Faithful Families Ministries:

Stewardship:  The managing of resources that belong to someone else over which another is entrusted.  Time, money, technology, jobs, etc…we’ve been studying that these are given to us by God and we are to make the best use of these resources.  Children are no different.  Children are also to be considered an entity that God gives us, with great expectations of our exercising good stewardship over them.  Of course, like all things, that’s not easy. 

Stewardship of our children consists of at least three keys.  We’ll go into more detail in a moment, but for now, get your mind ready to appreciate the facts that children belonged to God in the first place, we have a responsibility to train them, and we need to give them back to God and allow them to do whatever it is He called them to do.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is…

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