Empower at the Bridge Foundation is the non-profit "Learn" branch of The Bridge Eco-Village. Our mission is to provide specialized opportunities and improved quality of life for marginalized, underprivileged and underserved individuals and families suffering from systemic oppression.
This is achieved by providing access to education, converting food deserts to food oasis, creating awareness of disparities, providing community support/opportunities and accessible housing options while beautifying our community! Our main objective is to promote self sufficiency by way of education.
OUR 'whole community' IMPACT MODEL
Providing the resources and education to not only help entrepreneurs and start-ups, but empowering them through the process of our incubation programs. This is outlined by aiding in the formation of LLC's, business plans, funding strategies, and sustainable business practices.
Learn how to grow your own produce right at home. Don't stop there, we'll teach you proper nutrition and how to cook the food you grow! Food localization and food security are huge issues in the inner city, we strive to bridge that gap.
Lack of homeownership in inner cities has a huge role in how individuals are able to create generational wealth for their families and communities. Empower at The Bridge strives to partner with community change agents to teach others the steps to not only purchase homes, but how to also monetize their real estate investments.
"Collaboration over competition!" This mantra breathes through our work at Empower at The Bridge. Working with local nonprofit and for profit organizations to meet and assess individual and community needs is paramount to building a system of empowerment through education surrounding financial wellness and job training.
Everyone should be afforded the right to have access to safe and inclusive play spaces. Through access to technology and play space, Empower at The Bridge will work with Universities and organizations to give communities equitable, educational and safe entertainment outlets to combat mental health and incarceration disparities.
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GIANT BLEACHER GARDEN
We are aiming to promote Regenerative Neighborhood Development by creating a sustainable “Bleacher Garden” and high yielding “foodscapes” throughout The Bridge Campus in Harrisburg (former Bishop McDevitt). We are repurposing the bleachers at the historic "RockPile". We are anticipating a yield of over 6,000 pounds of vegetables in the first year with increases of about 25% a year over the subsequent years as we improve the garden space and soil makeup. The first year, that is enough to supply 120 families with 50 pounds each of fresh vegetables over the growing season. Empower at The Bridge Foundation has partnered with community organizations to bring this vision to life!
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“Empower at the Bridge Foundation exists to span the tide and empower individuals and communities to break down any and all pre-existing systemic barriers. Together."
- DeZwaan Dubois, Vice President