2015 – 2016 Program Report
Since November 1997 we have provided free, individualized college and financial aid counseling to over 2,500 students and their families. Approximately 60% are from the first generation in their families to attend college or vocational school and 75% are minority students. Most of our clients are eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. government to attend college and many have received prestigious national and local scholarships. The majority choose 4-year and 2-year public schools in New Mexico, while others travel to private schools throughout the country.
Bridges serves students from Taos High School, Taos Cyber Magnet School, Chrysalis Alternative School, Vista Grande High School, Taos Academy, Peñasco High School, Moreno Valley High School, Questa High School, GED programs and UNM-Taos. We work with schools to support guidance counselors who have exceedingly large caseloads and can’t spend as much time as they would like on college advisement. Additionally, Bridges offers support to other community providers as part of a continuum of services that contribute to intentional personal development for youth and adults.
Between August 2015 and July 2016, we counseled 107 people from a variety of backgrounds with diverse needs. We met with our clients between 1 and 23 times, depending on need. This year, Bridges clients received a total of over $100,000 in local scholarships to attend the schools of their choice. Most scholarships will be applied to their first year of college, and some are four-year renewable awards. All data listed in the chart below comprises the 2015-2016 program year.
|Hispanic 67 63%|
|Anglo 29 27%|
|Native American 7 06%|
|Other Students of Color 4 04%|
|Female 60 56%|
|Male 47 44%|
|First-generation students 55 51%|
|Adult and GED clients 33 31%|
Current program year
Since the beginning of the 16 – 17 program year, we have worked with 88 individuals so far. Thirty-six are Taos High School seniors. There are fourteen seniors from other schools. We have also counseled 24 underclassmen and 14 adults.
Bridges believes in reaching out to our community. In November 2016 we launched our new College Connections program at Taos Middle School. We educate parents and community members by hosting financial aid workshops, alumni panels, and parent panels. We reach approximately 750 people a year through these events.
The people we serve
Overall, 55% of our clients are from the first generation in their families to attend college or vocational school and 73% are minority students. The majority of our clients are eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. government to attend college and many have received prestigious national and local scholarships. Our students attend community colleges, vocational schools, public universities and Ivy League colleges.
Approximately 17% of our funding is raised from individual and business contributions, 73% from private foundations, 8% from federal and municipal sources, and 2% from fee-for service revenue. Our average annual budget is $125,000, and our staff is made up of three employees.