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.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; Silver Spring, White Oak, Long Branch, Takoma Park and Wheaton.

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres ES; Rolling Terrace ES; Sargent Shriver ES; Silver Spring International MS; White Oak MS; Loiederman MS; Montgomery Blair HS ; Springbrook High School

  • High school graduation rate (or GED completion rate) of our students:   100%
  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   350
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   50
  • College acceptance rate of your students:   100%

Awards & Recognition

Citation from Maryland House of Delegates for opening of new center

Montgomery County Council Proclamation for United Nations Day of the Girls activities in Montgomery County

Executive Director, Cynthia L. James awarded with a Leading Women award by the Daily Record as one of the top 50 women under 40 in Maryland

-Ana Lopez, Executive Director of Community Bridges, was selected as a Washingtonian of the 2009 by Washingtonian Magazine.
-Ana Lopez, recipient of 2009 Meyer Exponent Award

-Community Bridges recognized with a State Citation from Delegate Tom Hucker
-Community Bridges recognized with a County Proclamation from Councilmember Nancy Floreen.
-The Montgomery County Community Foundation recognized Community Bridges through the Nourishing Heart Award.

-Chosen for inclusion in the 2008-09 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, one of only 69 organizations selected from 230 candidates.

-Community Bridges also received the Standards for Excellence Certification through the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations.


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Community Bridges is: Less than $500k

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