An educated girl will reinvest 90% of her future income in her family, creating a ripple effect of positive outcomes. Community Bridges understands the great potential for good that this represents. Working with girls from diverse backgrounds in Montgomery County (where immigrant families represent 40% of the poorest residents), its approach is both long-term and holistic. From grades 4-12, CB guides girls through a host of programs, including mentoring (one-on-one), academic enrichment (critical thinking, goal setting), leadership development (conflict resolution, peer mediation, gang prevention), and life-skills training (healthy relationships, body image, decision making). Juniors and seniors prepare for college and careers with targeted support – and achieve fantastic results: 100% graduate from high school and are accepted into colleges and universities. Parents, too, are included; workshops on safety, cultural expression, and girls' development help them better support their daughters, and all programs are grounded in a multicultural context. With the right support, girls can break the cycle of poverty ... in just one generation.