Rice’s Community Bridges program, sponsored by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Center for Civic Engagement, recently completed its inaugural year.
The program combines academic coursework and active fieldwork in an effort to sustainably reduce poverty in Houston’s Fifth Ward neighborhood. Students spent the fall in intensive training to prepare for the spring semester, when they were assigned to one of five participating Fifth Ward organizations: the Small Steps Nurturing Center, the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, the Julia C. Hester House, the Pleasant Hill Leadership Institute and YES Prep Fifth Ward. Once assigned, students worked with staff members of each organization to develop long-term projects that address the needs of the Fifth Ward.
For more information, visit http://news.rice.edu/2011/09/07/building-bridges-with-houston/.