After SChool Program
The Bridge Golf Foundation’s after school program brings students from The Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem to our Learning Center every day. Our students’ regular schedule involves golf instruction, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education, mentoring, character education, tutoring, college and career readiness, and service learning.
In the open layout of the Learning Center, the young men move fluidly between multiple activities that challenge them to be engaged, active, hands-on learners. They have the use of powerful and cutting-edge technologies, including a 3D printer, TrackMan golf simulators, Microsoft Surface tablets, and Node chairs that promote student collaboration.
The program prepares the young men to enter college ready to succeed and on the path to careers, including STEM, that will make them competitive in the 21st Century workforce. Our character education and service learning programs prepare the young men for the game of life.
The components of our After School Program are:
The young men receive comprehensive instruction in all phases of the game of golf, from the full swing to the short game, from the rules of golf to proper course etiquette. They are taught by our staff PGA professionals and take full advantage of our top-of-the-line equipment and state-of-the-art technology, including TrackMan simulators and a SAM PuttLab.
Partnering with Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers, NY, the young men are also able to hone their skills outdoors. We are always working to expand our young men’s golf horizons and prepare them to enjoy the game for a lifetime.
Our staff will also lead an Eagle Academy High School golf team that competes in the Public School Athletic League in New York City.
STEM learning is the foundation of our education program. The young men are engaged in activity-based, team-oriented projects connecting STEM with golf. Our program attempts to address an achievement and learning gap in science and math in a setting without fear of academic failure. Research has shown that students who participate in STEM learning beyond the classroom are more likely to follow careers in STEM fields.
Our STEM instructors are university-trained physicists with education backgrounds. In addition to their STEM instruction, they provide regular tutoring in math and science.
For their lessons and projects, the instructors use a variety of technology in the center, including a 3D printer that allows students to design models and watch them physically come to life, and motion detectors that are used to study distance, velocity and acceleration graphically in real time.
The primary goal of The Foundation’s mentoring program is to help our students develop meaningful relationships with mentors who are equipped to address the unique challenges of young men of color.
We challenge our mentors and volunteers to engage our young men as learners and doers. Our mentors conduct lessons and activities with the students to promote dialogue and teamwork that stimulates candor, reflection and learning for everyone.
We introduce the young men to men and women mentors and volunteers who have a passion for golf and education — two lifetime assets that are at the core of our mission.
Research, led by Angela Duckworth and others, shows that grit is the key to success. At The Bridge Golf Foundation, we combine golf, STEM, and mentoring with a dual focus on character education and social justice. We imbue our young men with the skills and character traits that science supports as necessary for success.
Along with grit, we have included six other character traits — optimism, zest, curiosity, social intelligence, gratitude, and self-control — that will benefit our young men in their personal lives, in school, and on the golf course. We are also using The Character Growth Card, a tool created at the Character Lab, to help kids and adults talk about character.
College and Career Readiness
At The Bridge Golf Foundation, we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to become college-ready and career-ready, regardless of where they come from.
This journey toward college and career success begins for our young men in the 9th grade, when we introduce them to ACT/SAT prep, paying for college, campus life, career pathways and the social skills, behaviors, mindsets and strategies that will help them succeed both in college and in a very competitive 21st Century workforce.
The 9th grade is a vital time to identify students who are off track for graduation. Studies have shown that students who are off track by the end of their ninth grade year are 56 percent less likely to graduate.
We believe that giving and service are learned behaviors and that our young men have a responsibility to make the world a better place.
Through a philanthropy-education and service-learning curriculum, we equip our young men with the skills and strategies to react to negative situations with positive actions.