BRIDGES at THE ST PAUL'S SCHOOLS

Est. 1993

About the St. Paul’s Schools

The St. Paul’s Schools is a family of independent schools located in Baltimore County, Maryland, serving more than 1,300 children from infancy through grade 12. St. Paul’s Pre and Lower School, St. Paul’s School for Boys, and St. Paul’s School for Girls schools share a 120-acre campus, an Episcopal identity, and a focus on developing confident, well-balanced students who will use their education and ethics to improve the world. The three schools—each with its own distinct identity and traditions—operate as part of a highly coordinated and collaborative system with one president and one board of trustees.

About Bridges at the St. Paul’s Schools

Bridges was founded in 1993 as a four-week summer enrichment program on the campus of The St. Paul’s Schools in Baltimore County, MD. It initially served 18 elementary school students from a Title I School in northeast Baltimore City. Students were supported by a paid seasonal staff and a handful of high school-aged volunteers from The St. Paul’s Schools. The program has grown significantly since then.

Baltimore City youth enter Bridges at St. Paul’s 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 schoolers from The St. Paul’s Schools 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 St. Paul’s 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.

Students and Volunteers concentrate on a lesson during the Summer Institute on campus.
Big smiles as students prepare to challenge themselves at a high ropes course.
Students and volunteers enjoy reading a story together during the After School Program.

Get Involved

Upper School students from The St. Paul’s Schools 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 4th and 5th 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 Matt Frank at mafrank@stpaulsmd.org for more information.  

Staff at Bridges at The St. Paul’s Schools

Victoria Brown

Student Support Specialist

Ysem Brown

Elementary/Middle Program Director

Matt Frank

Elementary/Middle Program Associate

Patrick Harhai

High School Program Associate Director

Briana O’Neal

College/Career Program Director

Jenni Ruiz

Director of College and Career Counseling

Neela Wilson

College/Career Program Associate Director
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