“Early mornings, beep, beep, the alarm goes off, and I realize that this is all part of an ingenious plan to prepare us for the future. Becoming an early riser, establishing a strong work ethic, and become an asset to my community are concepts I’ve learned from this program. The Bridge Program is pushing me closer to my goal in life of becoming an entrepreneur and author. Thank you Bridge for everything, I look forward to participating my senior year!” 
Alex Hudson, Gateway STEM High School

"The Parent Academy sessions have been enjoyable and highly beneficial to me. My daughter participated in the previously offered Normandy  Middle School program and I’ve seen tremendous growth in her as a student.  The Parent sessions have changed my outlook and caused me to reevaluate myself as a parent.  The communication and relationship with my children has grown tremendously. I have learned how to better support my students, empower healthy decision-making and instruct them to self advocate. I’ve learned to be patient with the process and constantly make positive changes that will lead her to a successful future.  Thank you Bridge for all of your support!” Parent: Tonya White     Student: Riana McDonald, Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School

“My experience with the Bridge Program has been a very comforting and cherished one. It’s a place where we can all wear our intelligence and quick wit proudly on our sleeves, a place where we are embraced for learning and showing interest, it is a place that introduces us to other courageous young scholars. Bridge is such a warm environment, from the teachers’ smiling faces, to the nurturing advice and learning structure. UMSL Bridge has already and will continue to greatly impact our future.” Zoë Griffin, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy

“I’m extremely grateful for the Bridge Program and the impact it’s had on our lives.  Growing up, college was never really discussed in our home.  Discovering the Bridge Program was one of the best things that could have happened to us.  This program provides you with the necessary resources and information to help take your student to the next level in their life.  I know my daughter is better prepared for college because of our participation in the Bridge Program.  I am able to relax just a little and begin the “letting go” process. Thank you Bridge for a great four years!”    Parents: Tamicka and Britt Reese Student: Brianna Reese, Hazelwood Central High School

“The Bridge Program has taught me self-discipline and taught me how to prioritize the most important things in my life. Bridge has given me hope that no matter my background, it is possible that I will achieve all that I set my mind too. I am more confident than ever that I will go to college and successfully complete my degree. This program has prepared me for real world experiences. I can walk away from this experience with a new found hope in my future journey.”         Kiyanla Williams, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience

“My journey with the Bridge Program began in 7th grade as part of the Normandy Middle School program.  Throughout the years, I’ve learned invaluable lessons and picked up skills that have not only helped me with my school assignments, but also equipped me with the resources necessary for the college going process. The Bridge Program has definitely been an asset that has set me up for success in college and the future.”  Donovan White, Lutheran North High School

“This is our daughters first year participating in the Bridge Program, I can’t say enough good things about our experience!  The instructors have really opened her mind and challenged her to strive to be her very best. She has even developed a level of self-confidence that allows her to be firm in standing on who she is and what she wants to be.  We have all enjoyed our experience and will definitely be back next year!” Parents: Lori and Brad Pollina Student: Marissa Pollina, Mehlville High School

“Although I’ve only been in the Bridge Program for a short time, the impact is long reaching. Reading the ‘This I Believe’ book has helped to achieve a greater since of purpose. It’s been rewarding to find small things to believe in whole-heartedly. I’ve received much needed direction with the    college application and scholarship process. I would have never known what a personal statement essay was had it not been for the program.  My College Preparation instructor has helped me understand what types of financial scams and traps to look out for along the way and I am very   grateful for that. Thank you for everything Bridge!”  Erielle Jones, Hazelwood West High School

“I would like to thank everyone that has played an active role in this wonderful program!  This program ensures that all students have access to educational opportunities that will prepare them for success in their lives.  I look forward to coming to each Parent Academy session, as I too am setting an example for my daughter on how to make the most of every opportunity.  Each speaker has provided crucial information that will assist parents and students with resources for making the transition to college easier.  I’ve become a better parent and advocate for my student as a result of my participation.  I want to encourage the Bridge team, parents and students to continue on this journey towards success!” Parent: Leisa Clark     Student: Felesha Clark, Lift for Life Academy

“The UMSL Bridge Program has been beneficial in forcing me to think about my future college and career plans.  Prior to the program, I never gave much thought about what college I would attend. Bridge really helped to simplify the process and brought clarity on what should be my next steps.  The only thing I would change if I could would be to have started Bridge sooner!”  Jeannie Buchanan, Ritenour High School

“What an awesome experience this has been for me!  We are so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the UMSL Bridge   Program.  This experience has opened our eyes to so many things that our son should be doing now in high school in preparation for college.  The parent sessions have helped us understand our role as parents and identify adjustments we should make for the next phase of our lives.  Most  importantly, we learned how to better equip our son to achieve success in every area of his life.  Thanks for all that you do for parents and our   students!” Parents: Norman and Catina Harris      Student: Norman Harris III, McCluer North High School

“My experience at the Bridge Saturday Academy was not what I expected. The program has forced me out of my comfort zone and taught me adaptability. I had to communicate with people I’d never met before, think about my future in detail and learn how to work as a team. The Bridge Program has truly brought the best qualities out of me.” Breahna Samuel, Kirkwood Senior High School