We believe, with the right support, young people can achieve their highest potential.
BTP started with a thought from Jess. She developed a passion to serve young people and dreamed of starting a nonprofit to support this under-reached group. When she shared her vision with LaShan and Nicole, her two closest friends, without hesitation, they availed themselves to the vision. These three friends have encouraged each other every step of the way.
What started five years ago in a mentor's basement as a brainstorming session brought us here today, where we are impacting hundreds of young people every year.
Jess believes when you invest in young people, you are simply investing in the next generation.
"We see ourselves in them and want to provide them with the same opportunities we have had... plus so much more!"
Bridge to Promise recognizes that its targeted audience is youth through later
adulthood (18-35 years old). At BTP, we seek to realize our core values by providing a comprehensive network of services that demonstrates and encourages the incorporation of integrity and courage, self-respect and love, social justice and discipline into the work of all stakeholders.
While emphasizing on personal, financial, and spiritual development, BTP aims to highlight the interdependence of humanity by fostering a connection between the self and the ten principles of servant leadership.
To encourage a discipline of introspection that results in self-reflection and self-improvement.
To provide guidance in the acquisition of competencies that are needed for personal success.
To provide a venue to build connection, caring/compassion, and community.
To provide a safe space to share, journey, grow, and express the fulfillment of personal skills and potentialities.
To offer support in the exploration of matters of the mind and searching of the soul.
As the mission of BTP is to promote personal, financial, and spiritual development, we focus on these attributes through three lenses:
Habits of mind – building blocks for systematic thinking, self-esteem, and an approach to disciplined choice making. Our building blocks involve: purposeful communication, problem solving, integrative perspective, and self-regulated learning.
Social capital – access to groups with shared goals and the advantages of these connections. Another building block for personal success that involves the ability to function in interpersonal relationships and beyond.
Cultural responsiveness – an individual-centered approach to development, in which one’s unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured. Thus, promoting the ability to learn from and relate, respectfully and empathetically, with people within our diverse culture, while developing a sense of well-being and growing as a self-confident leader.
Our fundamental beliefs of Bridge to Promise are:
Self-Respect and Love