Thriving Under the Influence

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Thriving Under the Influence
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Founded in 1999 by a Black fraternity, Bridge Builders Foundation (BBF) is a primarily volunteer-led nonprofit that provides educational and socio-emotional support to youth of color, particularly Black young men and boys, through its strong mentoring, tutoring, scholarships, and focus on STEM education. Programs focus on addressing stigma, building high self-esteem and confidence, and raising life trajectories through exposure to positive social values, high-earning careers, minority and women instructors, field practitioners and mentors. BBF serves over 300 youth annually through its programs.


To support the expansion of Thriving Under the Influence, a mentoring program that connects young men and boys of color with mentors from its strong network of volunteers drawn from historically black institutions. It will expand its program from three to five school site partners, doubling the number of students it serves.

The generous support of The Foundation allows the Bridge Builders Foundation to expand our Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership program and inspire, encourage, and support young people to become more resilient, raise aspirations, and increase life trajectories. For many, this exposure is a 'Game Changer.'

James Breedlove