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The Bridge Project
CLASS of 2014
The Bridge Project is proud of our 2014 graduates!  In May, 24 students, a record for the Bridge Project, graduated from high school.  Three students graduated with Bachelor’s degrees (Marissa Pagano, Salem Tewolde, and Tom Tran).  Two students, Cindy Hoang and Billy Tran, completed their Master’s degrees.  Congratulations!
Thank you to the 136 golfers who played in our 4th Annual Bridge Project Golf Tournament at Cherry Creek Country Club.  Your support helped the Bridge Project raise over $130,000 to support the children in four of Denver’s public housing neighborhoods.  We also thank our our event sponsors: Berkeley Homes, Accelerated Services, Image Projections West (IPW), IntelliSource, and Paul & Lynn Korus.
The 11th annual Technology Academy was hosted at the University of Colorado - Boulder in early June. Twenty-one Bridge Project students spent a week designing and building Rube Goldberg machines, attending informational sessions on college, professionalism, and goal setting, and were introduced to college life by living in residence halls. The Rube Goldberg projects were showcased at the conclusion of the week as part of an engineering competition and the results were nothing short of miraculous. Dr. Robert Knecht, an engineering and design professor at the Colorado School of Mines, led the Rube Goldberg sessions and was also the official for the competition. Congratulations to team “Air Heads” for their winning design of a 5-step balloon popping machine!
A huge thank you to our amazing partner, the Binning Family Foundation, for sponsoring Tech Academy!
Photo courtesty of Justin Edmonds
The 2014 Miracles on Ice program was a first for Westwood participant Sofia. Sofia is 9 years old and has been attending Bridge since 2012. She describes her first day at Miracles as “nerve-wracking and scary.” She didn’t know how to put on hockey gear or even ice skate. On June 9th, the first day of MOI, she hesitated to take a step out on the ice, but with the help of a friendly volunteer and a brush of confidence, she did. Sofia felt so proud of herself. This was only one of the small miracles witnessed throughout the five days of hockey camp. For the past eight years, the program has continued to grow and improve to meet the needs of its 32 Bridge kids. They learn to skate, maintain reading and math skills, meet incredible people, and be their own miracle. Of course, none of this would be possible without Leslie and Gary Howard of the Howard Family Foundation. We thank them for another year of Miracles on Ice and for this lesson as described by Sofia: “Don't be scared to go on the ice. Even if you've never done it before, keep trying and never give up!"
The Bridge Project would like to welcome its three newest hires!
KRISTEN DAMRON Site Director (Lincoln Park/La Alma)
DIANNA FLAMENCO Education Specialist (Westwood)
JACQUELYN SCRANTON Education Specialist (Columbine)
The Bridge Project is thrilled to be a 2014 recipient of 2A Summer Grant Funds from the City and County of Denver.  Thanks to this funding,over 200 children will participate in the Bridge Project's full day summer program for eight weeks!
The 23rd annual Bridge Project signature event, featuring silent and live auctions and dinner, will take place on Saturday, September 13th on the Driscoll campus green at the University of Denver. For more information, contact Heidi Nelson at heidi.nelson@du.edu or at (303) 871-2735.
Colorado State University
Zam Zam Abdi
Jessica Benitez
Kevin Mendoza
Erin Vargas
Community College of Denver 
Mohamed Aden
Emily Griffith Technical College
Noor Abdullahi
Fort Hays State University
Grace Kipendo
Ft. Morgan Community
Asli Musa
Metropolitan State University
Abdi Mohamed
Juliana Sandoval-Tovar
Sandra Silva
Morningside College
Farhiya Haji
Northeast Junior College
Tukano Salat
Southwest Early College
Christian Frias
University of Colorado-Boulder
Charly Mendoza
Hui Wu
University of Colorado-Denver
Brianna Gaytan
Hanin Mohamed
University of Northern Colorado
Karla Gutierrez
Bebecare Iragena
Western State University
Michael Lechuga
The Bridge Project is a community outreach initiative of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.
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