Stories

Building Bridges Mini-Banquet held September 8, 2016

Published on November 6, 2016

The event honored the accomplishments of Parlie Mae Freeman, a former BB youth and the first recipient of the Ron Reigelsperger Scholarship. more »


Annual Boys’ Canoe Trip on the Boundary Waters of Minnesota

Published on June 27, 2016

During the final week of June, 4 BB male staff and 4 BB boys took their Annual Canoe Trip to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. The boys spent 4 days navigating several lakes, camping, and learning various survival techniques. The boys also honed their communication skills, developed their patience, and learned respect for nature. more »


Annual Chicago Girls’ Trip

Published on June 6, 2016

During the first week of June, 2 female staff and 4 BB girls traveled to Chicago on the Annual Girls’ Trip. Over the course of the week, the girls gained valuable interpersonal skills and participated in character-building activities, which will continue to benefit them throughout their lives. more »


James Hamilton Success Story

Published on May 29, 2014

Stories like the one you will read below are the reason that the Building Bridges has been so successful for the past 40 years. We are changing the lives of kids and helping them make better choices. Please read the story of James Hamilton. more »


Former Building Bridges youth shares her story

Published on February 14, 2014

We love to hear success stories of past Building Bridges youth. The programming & services that we offer are life changing and we could not do it without the help of our generous supporters. Thank you Julie for writing such a heartfelt and compelling testimony. more »


Building Bridges throws the first pitch for The Dayton Dragons

Published on September 26, 2013

On August 19, 2013, one of our youth, Christopher King, was selected to throw out the first pitch at the Dayton Dragon’s game. This young man was chosen to throw the first pitch because of the drastic improvements that he is making in the home, community, and at school. He is symbolic of what the program is all about: getting a second chance, taking advantage of it, and making positive life changes! At one point in time, this young man was a on a road to “nowhere” and now he is on a path to success. more »


The Long Road to Success by Luigi Dodieu

Published on April 23, 2013

About 6 years ago, I worked with a young man who was oppositional, defiant, and unruly at home, noncompliant with his probation requirements, and on a path to self-destruction. He was always very angry about everything. We tried to engage him in Building Bridges activities and work groups, but were unsuccessful due to his poor attitude and inability to follow directives. more »


DYS Community Recognition Awards

Published on January 14, 2013

Upon being placed on probation supervision a few years ago, Joshua’s future looked “bleak.” He was failing most of his classes and was known as a “class clown.” He admitted to occasional drug usage. He was combative, poor frustration tolerance, and “angry.” He appeared to lack confidence in others and especially in himself. He indicated that he disliked his living arrangement, which he felt was causing him to be emotionally deregulated. Through the intervention of Building Bridges, the Prodigy Medals in the Making program, compounded with Joshua being transitioned from his unfavorable living arrangement to a more structured and healthy environment, he changed his life. more »


Mike’s Story

Published on September 16, 2011

Mike came to my attention as a 12 year old with a burglary charge. The court challenged me to find an alternative to state incarceration since Mike had previous charges. After exhausting a search for a living arrangement because Mike’s home was not the best arrangement, a former teacher came forward. more »


James’ Story

Published on September 14, 2011

James started on probation at 11 years old. On the Building Bridges work groups, he was a lot to deal with. His anger and language were over the top. He didn’t go to school and, even at a young age, was smoking marijuana. Finally, at age 14, the court decided something had to be done with this child. more »

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