Bridges Social Development believes in the potential of every human being to contribute something meaningful to the world. This belief may be idealistic, but it is absolutely pragmatic if human potential is seen as the capacity to care for one’s self and one’s communities. Through Bridges Social Development’s programming, we aim to empower individuals we work with to be agents of change by supporting the development of capacities necessary to respond to the conditions of their environment and meet situational challenges. We do this by providing people with opportunities to build and develop leadership skills, connect them with relevant resources, and mentor them along the way, such that they become better equipped to create positive changes within the communities where they live and work. This capacity building process creates a sense of empowerment, meaning that individuals come to recognize the influence and responsibility they have in communities they belong to, and ultimately realize their potential as more capable individuals, compassionate community members, and change-makers.