BRIDGES is a PreK-12 school based youth service program for students who have significant absences or have multiple office/health referrals. Students serviced by BRIDGES experience serious emotional distress and struggle to make and maintain connections with school. Academic achievement and social skills are negatively impacted. BRIDGES staff work with students/families to increase the connection students have with school by providing the supports necessary so students can attend school and remain in class, increasing instructional time.
BRIDGES is available to all students in the FDCSD. Parents are encouraged to become involved. The BRIDGES staff coordinates with parents, students and the appropriate service provider to get the help needed where and when the student needs it - at school.
Services Available to Youth
Career Planning Case Management
Counseling - Individual & Family
Information & Referral
Juvenile Court Liaison
Parent Guidance & Education
Recreation & Leisure
Substance Abuse Referral
Mental Health Assessment
Resolution & Crisis Intervention
BRIDGES staff members:
|Corey Moody||Mentoring Coordinator & Senior High Case Manager||574-5469|
|Dawn Erickson||Case Manager for Feelhaver Elementary||574-5680|
|Sheila Roberts||Case Manager for Butler Elementary||574-5445|
|Saydie Elliott||Case Manager for Fort Dodge Middle School||574-5731|
Goals of Bridges
- To impact high risk students
- To coordinate schools and agencies
- To increase the potential of agencies to address multiple issues of youth
- To facilitate joint efforts, making the most of limited resources
- To help students prepare for the workforce and increased employability
Collaborating Agencies Include: Prairie Lakes AEA, Webster County Public Health, Trimark, Juvenile Court Services, Children & Families of Iowa, YWCA, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Unity Point Health, ISU Extension, Berryhill Mental Health, Community & Family Resources, Domestic & Sexual Assault Outreach Center, Dodger Academy, Youth Shelter Care, Iowa Central Community College, Job Service Workforce Center, Department of Human Services, United Way & Community Foundation, Fort Dodge Housing Agency, Fort Dodge Police Department and STARS.