Bridge Builders Program | Tuskegee University
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Our Purpose

To empower high school youth in rural Macon County Alabama to pursue theological leadership vocations in various sectors of religious life through the Tuskegee University and Macon County Bridge Builders Program.

Otis Head, MDiv, PhD
Project Coordinator

The Rev. Otis Head, PhD is the Project Coordinator of the Tuskegee University & Macon County Bridge Builders Program. He is a public theologian committed to offering sacred space to youth which includes opporutnities to learn how to become effective listeners and communicators as they prepare for college and graduate school. His practicum body of work includes counseling families and juveniles

Program Goals

The Tuskegee University and Macon County Bridge Builder Program is designed to deepen the faith of young people by helping them to think theologically about their lives as well as the challenges faced by the global community. The program will include: a Pre-program phase (January 2016 to May 2016), 3-year Program phase (June 2016 to December 2019)  and a 7 year Post- program phase( August  2019 to May 2026) The Pre-program phase will entail selecting the 50 high school students and conducting educational sessions with teachers, parents and clergy about their program roles and responsibilities.  The Bridge Builders Program is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

 
  • To assess the perception of Macon County high school students about the relevance of religion, spirituality and theology in their lives and their future
  • To facilitate the matriculation of high school students through high school, college and selected seminaries
  •  To design social support systems to assure and reinforce theological and praxis experiences during high school and continuing through college and seminary.
  • To document the “lessons learned” related to the barriers and opportunities associated with spiritual formation and future engagement in theological leadership for African American youth living in Macon County and similar rural counties throughout the Alabama Black Belt.

 

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The Tuskegee University and Macon County Bridge Builder Program is designed to deepen the faith of young people by helping them to think theologically about their lives as well as the challenges faced by the global community.