Bridge to Build is a robust pilot program that seeks to engage two levels of student learners.

Our goal is to continue our Early Childhood Education model through UPREK into Kindergarten and beyond by pairing our students with adolescent mentors through the Young Advocates Program’s paid internship offering. 

Our students are guided through daily enrichment activities by their Kingston-based Youth Advocate Mentors from The Youth Advocate Mentors co-create the programming and student project workflow, as well as develop their own arts and adventure-based programming as a means by which to develop deeper workforce skills and higher levels of social and emotional intelligence.

“We hope you'll continue to support arts, culture, and adventure programming for our Magic Circle School students. As importantly, this program strives to build a supportive environment for teenagers to explore their passions and boost self-esteem through the leadership of young people.”

Athena FliakosCEO, YWCA Ulster County

Meet the Team!


Program Expectations:


  • Students should be at the YWCA Ulster County: 209 Clinton Avenue from 9-3 every Monday through Thursday, June 27-August 4, with the exception of Monday, July 4, when the center will be closed for Independence Day.
  • Parent involvement is crucial! Each week, we will send home a brief survey for sharing your thoughts and feedback on your child’s progress.
  • Parents are welcome to observe classes and encouraged to join us for field trips. A schedule of our trips will be sent home early next week.
  • Attend the final project performance on July 28, 5:00-7:00 PM @ the YWCA 209 Clinton Avenue.