Most of the life skills students learn at The Bridge are practiced as part of their daily life. Because The Bridge community is mainly sustained by the contribution of its participants, students get to learn important independent living skills with real essential tasks, which will not get done unless they do it.
Additionally, because of our focus on ownership, students are in charge of many personal tasks that allow them to experience what it will be like once they are truly on their own. Budgeting for groceries and weekend activities, figuring out logistics for their personal schedule and group events, as well as the general maintenance of the house are some of the examples of life skills students practice on an ongoing basis.
Furthermore, The Bridge offers a highly experiential Life Skills Workshop once a week, where students get to learn practical ways to resolve life issues by being taught hands-on and when possible by experts in the matter, such as learning car maintenance from a mechanic, healthy diet from a nutritionist, and so on.
“Learning to cook healthy and good food for my peers and myself will be a skill that will treat me well in the future.”
"It is GREAT for them to live in a group house, to share jobs, to have to practice flexibility, to put the needs of the house before their own personal desires."