Our annual essay contest has been a great way for us to get to know underprivileged teens on a personal level and reward them for their articulation. Started in 2011, we have been able to reward over 150 students all over San Diego with sponsorships. With these sponsorships, A Bridge for Kids teens have been able to purchase basketball shoes that have won CIF championships, paint that landed them in prestigious art schools, prom dresses that allowed them to fully experience high school, take part in college visits, and so much more. The sponsorship that is given to these students is more than merely currency. It’s given the students bliss in sports games, satisfaction of being accepted to their dream schools, content of their high school experience, and invaluable knowledge of what schools are wrong and right for them. A Bridge for Kids has given sponsored teens more than merely currency, it’s bliss, it’s satisfaction, it’s content, and it’s invaluable knowledge. The annual essay contest is the starting point of implementing these great aspects to underprivileged teens’ lives. Aspects that they would not have if it was not for this program and its sponsors.
A special congratulations to the 2016 A Bridge for Kids Essay Contest winners!
1st place: Kiara Gomez (The Preuss School UCSD ‘16)
2nd place: Bamidele Aleshe (Patrick Henry High School ‘16)
3rd place: Alejandra Perez (The Preuss School UCSD ‘17)
4th place: Kenneth Doan (University of California, San Diego ‘19)
5th place: Natalie Ruybal (The Preuss School UCSD ‘17)
6th place: Jasmin Hernandez (The Preuss School UCSD ‘16)
7th place: Izaiah Salazar (Helix Charter High School ‘19)
8th place: Evan Estremera (Sweetwater High School ‘17)
9th place: Natalia Sigala (Steele Canyon High School ‘18)
10th place: Jorge Kcomt del Rio (Helix Charter High School ‘17)