Spring 2017 Newsletter
In This Issue
Andrea exemplifies our outcomes. Andrea has taken an active role in becoming a part of an organization that is creating a voice for families that are being relocated due to the gentrification occurring in our cities. Read more.

Summer Program
June 26 - July 28 
Six program sites: Castilleja, Crystal Springs Uplands, Menlo School, Sacred Heart Schools, St. Matthew's Episcopal, and Woodside Priory.

Site tours: Please contact Maureen to visit.

Upcoming Events
4th Annual Benefit: 
November 2, 2017,  6pm  
Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club

Now Hiring
Teachers for our after-school programs.  Apply here.  

Peninsula Bridge
PO Box 963
Menlo Park, CA 94026

Dear Friends,

Andrea is confident and caring. She is a bubbly 7th grade student in our Peninsula Bridge Middle School Academy. She is an activist with the North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative speaking out about the lack of affordable housing in Redwood City. "I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and fight for something I believe in, " Andrea says with meaning. Andrea has organized several marches to unify and engage the community on the housing issue in Redwood City. Andrea continuously sets new goals for herself. She always shows up with a lot of enthusiasm and asks great questions, and she does a terrific job of applying what she learns at Peninsula Bridge. Growth mindset and risk taking are two skills that Andrea puts to work every day. 

Andrea exemplifies our outcomes. Peninsula Bridge is dedicated to helping our students persist and persevere through middle school, high school and college. We are providing our students with a road map and essential skills to navigate this path. 

We currently have 90 9th-11th grade students in our High School Academy. They are all part of a college-going cohort and each of them is confident they will attend college. Persistence and perseverance are essential to long-term success, and this is something we work on with our students every day. The Peninsula Bridge High School Academy not only provides academic and college planning support, but centers on developing student social and emotional competencies. The academic advisors and teachers develop meaningful relationships with students inside and outside the classroom. They foster self-esteem, teach resilience and encourage students to set goals for themselves. 

Robert Putnam, a public policy professor at Harvard whose book "Our Kids" looks at the widening class divisions in America, states "Socio-economically disadvantaged students are going down the college path without anybody holding their hands." And this explains why only 10% of low-income students graduate from college nationwide. Click here to read more. Peninsula Bridge walks our students down the path and provides the psychological and academic support and the 1:1 advising to help our students not only stay on track, but thrive along the way. 

Andrea is an example of a student with tenacity and perseverance. It is clear she is developing her voice and thriving. This is what Peninsula Bridge does best.  

Thank you deeply for your partnership and support. Our students and families are eternally grateful.

Randi Shafton & Jocelyn Swisher 
Co-Executive Directors, Peninsula Bridge
Middle School Academy Updates
6th-7th G rade After School Program

What's New?  San Mateo middle school site moves to The Nueva School

O ur 6th and 7th Grade After School Academy is now held at Nueva's Upper School on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm. 

Click here to read more about the program from co-coordinator and teacher, Michaela Danek.
Middle School and High School Choice Program 
With tenacity and courage, 59 5th and 8th grade students worked tirelessly on their independent and parochial applications with their mentors. Students participated in 10 sessions of ISEE test prep provided by AJ Tutoring and 2 essay writing workshops, and received financial aid application support. Our students learned new test taking strategies, interview tips, and the importance of organization and meeting deadlines. 

We are proud to report that 44% of our students were accepted into one or more schools with full financial aid packages!

Thank you to our wonderful mentors who helped our Middle School and High School Choice students with the application process:

Carolyn Ash
Margaret Beltramo
Michael Chow
Kalyani Comal
Citlalli Contreras Sandoval
Vicky Evans
Mary Folsom
Elianne Frenkel-Popell
Benita Griffin
Rebecca Hanson
Becky Hilderbrand
Katie Jarve
Rene Jiminez
Andy Koontz
Kawai Lai
Sharon Lockareff
Lizette Lopez
Antonio Lopez Jr.
Lisa Lunday
Frederick Martinez
Rob McHugh
Kimberly McMorrow
Patty Murray
Stacy and Aiden Pak
Virginia Pegley
Andrea Ralston
Claudia Renert
Marci Riley
Julia Roy
Soraya Saeed
Sunil Samel
Tish Scola
Arline Siam
Petra Silton
Christine Southgate
Christy Story
Rula Tamer
Kelli Tomlinson
Cindy Traum
Guillermo Vazquez
Jennifer Witte
Al Zappelli

8th Grade Academy
In the 8th Grade Academy, students complete a series of workshops that assist in the development of executive functioning skills, as well as mindfulness and problem solving using the design thinking process. 

The past week, the students traveled to Angel Island and explored the geography and rich history of the site, while comparing and contrasting with our current administration. We look forward to completing the year with High School Readiness sessions and Financial Literacy activities for parents and students. 
High School Academy Updates
High School Student Spotlight
Tanya V., Class of 2020
On track and in charge, Tanya currently attends Mercy Burlingame at the top of her class. She's the embodiment
of resilience and vows to raise her community with her as she shatters the mold of women in STEM. Latin American, first generation, role model - when it comes to Tanya, no obstacle is insurmountable, no dream too big.
College Mentoring Updates
Arcus Biosciences Partnership
Arcus Biosciences is a leader in biotechnology innovation discovering new cancer therapeutics. Arcus provides internships for ten high school and college students during the summer. Hear more about the partnership between Arcus and Peninsula Bridge from Dr. Juan Jaen, co-founder and CEO:

Dr. Juan Jaen, co-founder and CEO
Co-founder and CEO, Juan Jaen

College Student Spotlight
Alejandra L., Class of 2018

Alejandra is a sophomore at the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology.  Click here to read more about Alejandra's summer internship experience at Arcus. 

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