Bridges Social Development is a non-profit organization that was established and registered as a Canadian charity in 2003. Bridges was created for the purpose of capacity building and training of community, professional and youth leaders in communities where the organization had been invited.
Initially, Bridges Social Development was invited by government and grassroots leaders in Yemen to train and mentor leaders in healthcare, law, journalism, education, and politics. The organization transitioned out of Yemen when the political environment became unstable, and shortly thereafter an invitation was extended to engage with Yemeni youth in Calgary, Alberta. This invitation allowed for Bridges Social Development to work with youth leaders in our local communities, and the invitations have been coming from many voices ever since.
Today, Bridges Social Development works directly with communities in Canada, and particularly in the Calgary area, engaging with youth towards practices of change leadership and social entrepreneurship. Bridges Social Development is still working to build the capacity of people to take care of themselves and their communities by responding to invitations to partner and build programs that unveil human potential.
The organization operates on the understanding that if we invest in people and their capacity to take care of themselves and address their own needs – while connecting them with the necessary resources and skill development – they will not only have the ability, but also the inner capacity and strength to make positive changes in their own communities.