Est. 2014

Bridges at Gilman School

Bridges at Gilman School opened in 2014 under the direction of Ned Harris, who continued to lead the program up until his retirement in 2021. The first summer began with one class of rising fourth graders and one class of rising fifth graders. Those same students are now college students, and younger classes of students have come behind them each year.

Baltimore City youth enter Bridges at Gilman just after third grade and engage in a year-round, 13-year program that helps them to find consistent success from elementary school through college and into their careers.

Upper school students from Gilman and the tri-school community engage with Bridges’ youngest students as tutors in the After-School Program and assistant counselors in the Summer Institute.

The experience creates a space for Gilman students to build close and caring relationships with Baltimore City students, learn about issues of unequal access and opportunity in Baltimore, and be part of building a more inclusive and equitable society.

About Gilman School

Gilman School is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade independent school located in Baltimore City. It serves families from a broad variety of neighborhoods in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. There are three school divisions: Lower School, grades pre-kindergarten through five; Middle School, grades six through eight; and Upper School, grades nine through twelve. The programs and curriculum are specifically designed to be developmentally appropriate for boys and follow a logical sequential progression leading from one grade to the next.

Get Involved

Upper school students from Gilman School, The Bryn Mawr School, and Roland Park Country School have year-round volunteer opportunities in programs for Bridges’ youngest students:

  • Become an After School Tutor: The Bridges Elementary After School Program runs from September to May. Upper School volunteers commit to one season at a time and help guide enrichment activities and provide 1-on-1 homework help to their fourth and fifth grade buddies.  
  • Become a Summer Counselor: The Bridges Elementary / Middle Summer Institute runs for five weeks in June/July. Volunteer roles for Upper School students last for two weeks and include assisting in the classroom, helping to chaperone field trips, coordinating special activities, and being an overall positive presence at Bridges.  

Please contact Yena You at for more information.  

Staff at Bridges at Gilman School

Ghani Raines

Site Director

Annelise Royles

Associate Director, High School Program

Yena You

Public Service Fellow
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