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NORTHBRIDGE COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM

Serving Students with Learning Differences

Phoenix, AZ   |  www.northbridgeaz.org

Mission

The mission of NorthBridge is to provide support, resources, and guidance to students with learning differences as they transition to persist and succeed in higher educational & vocational endeavors.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Daylee Burr

Main address

7600 N. 15th Street Suite 150

Phoenix, AZ 85020 USA

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Formerly known as

Bridgeway College Success Program

EIN

47-1080353

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1. Students with disabilities are not making a successful transition from high school to postsecondary education and/or employment. More than 1 in 10 Arizona high school students have disabilities; one-third of these youth remain unengaged in work or education post-graduation. The ceiling for students with learning disabilities should not be lower than their counterparts as they face the same employment market where almost 70% of jobs require some postsecondary education. 2. Students with learning disabilities are one of the fastest-growing college-going population but their completion rates lag way behind their neurotypical peers. This population, like the average non-completer, report challenges like cost, life events and poor grades as being reasons for dropping out. the majority of postsecondary retention programming and academic support services aren't designed, nor have the qualified staff, to assist this population beyond providing the legally required accommodations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

College Success Program

Comprehensive support system focused on both academic success and personal development. Weekly 1:1 sessions include academic tutoring and executive functioning coaching. Accountability is enforced through weekly grade updates.

Monthly Social Events and workshops aid students in fostering community in a safe environment to enhance social skill development.

Population(s) Served

Course completion program designed specially to support the success of students with learning differences or who have other risk factors attending schools in Arizona, including those with Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.

Students are referred to NorthBridge through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and AFFCF. They are then assigned an academic coach to address executive functioning deficiencies and assist with academic tutoring in college-level courses. Weekly grade updates are sent out on a weekly basis to hold students accountable and track progress.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with intellectual disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

Student and academic coach meet on a weekly basis to address deficient areas and review test-taking strategies. Based on the results, we assist students with a customizable test-prep program, where students are familiarized, assessed, and receive targeted instruction in the areas they are lacking.

GED: Customizable GED test-prep program, where students are familiarized, assessed, and receive targeted instruction in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and/or Math.

ACT/SAT: Student will take initial practice mock ACT/SAT test. The subject areas include math, reading, writing, language arts, and/or science.

As the weekly 1:1 sessions continue, the student will establish a date to take the GED/SAT/ACT.

Population(s) Served

Comprehensive support system focused on both academic success and personal development. Weekly 1:1 sessions include academic tutoring and executive functioning coaching. Accountability is enforced through weekly grade updates.

Monthly Social Events and workshops aid students in fostering community in a safe environment to enhance social skill development.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with other disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
Students
People with learning disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with other disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
Students

Step 1: Career inventory
We provide students a library of resources to get them thinking about life after college and guide them as they begin their professional career!

Step 2: Prepare for job applications
A NorthBridge academic coach will help the student create their resume & cover letter, update their LinkedIn profile, and prepare for the job application process.

Step 3: Apply, Interview, Suceed!
At this stage, NorthBridge coaches help students take initiative and apply for jobs. We’ll conduct mock interviews with students & help them stand out to potential employers.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
Students
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
At-risk youth
People with learning disabilities
Students
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

College Success Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Average Cumulative GPA per academic year.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Test Prep Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Total Number of Students Served Per Academic Year.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Growth:
- Increase the number of students supported by 400%, to 1,200
- 20% - College Success Program – 100+ students
- 80% - Accuplacer Ready – 1,000 students
- 80% - TechForce Ambassadors – 80 students
- Position NorthBridge to establish new satellite college success offices in 2018-19.
- Expand reach of programs, serving students at more colleges and high schools.
Innovation:
- Apply rapid cycle evaluation techniques to improve students experience and outcomes across all programs.
- Implement the valley's only ACT Preparation Program specifically designed for students with learning differences.
- Hold the first valley wide College Is Possible Bootcamp for graduating seniors with learning differences.
Excellence:
- Maintain postsecondary retention rates that are 30% higher than the state average.
- Ensure that 90% of Accuplacer Ready participants test out of at least 1 course

Academic Coaching – weekly individualized, scheduled 1:1 academic coaching focused on college success skill development.
Standard 1: SWD executive functioning skills
Standard 2: SWD effective communication skills
Standard 3: SWD independence through self-advocacy
Standard 4: SWD specific academic skills for college success


Academic Support – Weekly individualized, scheduled 1:1 tutoring staffed with tutors trained to support student with learning differences and reinforce the skills taught through the academic coaching.


Success Lab – Establishment of a specialized success lab staffed at a 4:1 with tutors trained to support student with learning differences and reinforce the skills taught through the academic coaching.


Social Events – Bi-monthly coordinated events allowing this socially challenged population to interact with peers.

NorthBridge has a team of academic specialists as well as Americorps volunteers contributing to student success. In addition, NorthBridge has a Director of Academic Programs as well as an experienced Executive Director. To increase students, NorthBridge has branched out and is continuing to branch out to Maricopa Community Colleges and in-state universities.

With NorthBridge support students with learning differences out perform their neurotypical peers. NorthBridge students are 24% more likely to pass their courses and 30% more likely to stay in school and earn a degree.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NORTHBRIDGE COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nancy Heller

Community Advocate

Term: 2017 -

Caden Gillespie

Lori Kirsch-Goodwin

Debra Fogel

Brandon DePesa

Julia Fields

Julie Heineking

Byron Harrod

Yulissa Reynoso

Angelica Dittrich

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.