The Bridges Program - What's Offered at Saturday Bridges
In response to a community-wide survey, SSEF provides discussions and workshops on an array of topics for Adults. In Fall 2018, Adult Workshops include: a two-part program on racism facilitated by Dr. Janie Ward of the Department of Education Simmons College; a presentation on affordable housing; a discussion about voting; a program on why preschool is important and what to consider when enrolling in a preschool; a presentation by Irish Immigration Services on immigration issues; a discussion about health issues led by a doctor from Brigham & Women’s Hospital; and the SSEF Annual Meeting at which community members are invited to provide feedback on programming, ask questions, and remain abreast of developments within the organization.
Previous Adult Workshops have covered an array of subjects including a curriculum on Financial Literacy presented by Eastern Bank, conversations on parenting presented by The Fatherhood Project, and a workshop on housing presented by the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership, a presentation on parenting by Boston Basics, a discussion addressing survivorship of genocide and trauma, a presentation on culture shock, and more. In addition, one-on-one tutoring for adults with volunteers and mentors was available.
Preschool Sessions for 3-4 Year-olds & Infant Care
Providing a taste of the preschool during Saturday Bridges, these sessions include story and sing-along time as well as arts & crafts and outdoor playtime. Activities take place within a preschool setting on the Lincoln School campus and offer an introduction to the kind of programming that regular preschools can provide for young children. SSEF is committed to supporting families in having their children attend preschool, and this window onto such an experience provides parents with an understanding about what's offered and why it's important to sign children up by age 4. This program is run by a preschool lead teacher with the help of local middle and high school volunteers. Meanwhile, there are also onsite babysitters for infants so that parents can participate in Adult Programming, knowing their little ones are well-cared for and close by.
Outdoor Education for School-aged Children
This program takes place at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. This wildlife sanctuary and farm includes a trail system, displays of native wildlife, and interactive features that allow visitors to experience nature and learn about farming. Each session is led by Drumlin Farm Education Staff and followed by snack and playtime with volunteers. Transportation to the farm is provided from the Lincoln Schools.
Just for Teens
Fall 2018 Saturday Bridges currently has not scheduled teen sessions, however we’d like to know what kind of teen programming you’d like to see. Please let us know!
For the first two sessions of Spring 2018, Teens attended presenter-led discussions with Adults: “The History of Sudan” and “Living in Two Worlds”. The SSEF Teen Coordinator met with Teens the last four sessions of the program with a focus on preparing for college, summer employment, stress management, and mastering the MBTA. These sessions included a field trip to Brandeis University with a focus on what to look for when visiting college campuses, a field trip using the MBTA into Harvard Square, and a day of canoeing and discussion.