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Bridge To The Future Foundation

Supporting athletes. Empowering communities. Changing lives.

aka The Bridge   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.donorbox.org/b2future

Mission

The Bridge is on a mission to build connections that inspire positive change using sports as a catalyst to empower the youth and their communities.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder

Mr. Jeff Wadstrom

Main address

7875 Highland Village Place Suite B102-385

San Diego, CA 92129 USA

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Formerly known as

Bridge To The Future

EIN

81-0681155

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Single Organization Support (P11)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the U.S. youth sports are very popular and valued in our society, yet we are continually looking for a way to help make contact sports safer for the participants, particularly when it comes to concussion management. Currently many athletes are being returned to play before their brains are fully healed, leading to the chances of permanent damage. We are able to provide low-cost brain imaging scans to help the physicians make a safer return-to-play decision to make sure these sports are safer for their participants. In Mexico, crime and violence are major factors that face our underserved communities. Young men and women need a positive outlet to spend their time and exert their energy. We use sports to help the youth in community get involved with sports teams and get positive mentoring and training to create positive change.

Our programs

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Protect The Brain Campaign

Protect The Brain Campaign is on a mission to advance the field of brain health through education and awareness of baseline brain assessments to complement the brain wellness practices of trauma, memory loss and the aging brain, and mental health.

Brain Health
Protect the Brain Campaign is motivated to empower athletes, first responders, and their families to have a voice in the return-to-play and return-to-duty decision with their coaches and physicians. Often left in the dark regarding concussion protocol, the families are asked to trust the brain of their loved one to someone who is equipped only with symptomatic diagnostic tests. These assessments are incomplete indicators of brain function and can lead to a limited and potentially inaccurate return verdict. Research shows that contact sports subject players to repeated, small collisions to the head that, over time can dramatically affect their cognitive brain function. Every individual brain is unique, meaning recovery after a brain injury is just as specific. PTB believes in the importance of brain health and wants to collaborate with administration and professionals on building concussion protocol standards in order to provide the community an opportunity to protect the brain and stay proactive in their recovery. PTB brings an innovative brain scan and testing platform that provides the ability to objectively measure brain activity and make a more informed and accurate return-to-play and return-to-duty decision to the world. When a baseline brain assessment and scan has been obtained, a physician can assess the condition of the brain after a potential concussive impact incident by comparing a post-concussion scan against the baseline scan. Studies have found that electrical responses to sound and physical reaction time are affected by a concussion and the normalization of these measures correlates with symptomatic recovery. By adding more objective assessments of recovery we hope to reduce the long-term danger from concussions and brain injuries.

Brain Wellness
Protect the Brain Campaign is motivated to provide individuals with the opportunity for healthy aging. Through baseline and yearly brain scans, allows one to detect any indicators changing memory loss parameters and intervene if the noticeable change is worrisome. Every individual brain is unique, meaning identifying signs of memory loss is just as specific, diagnosing with limited symptomatic and performance measures. We believe in the importance of brain health and want to provide the community the opportunity to protect the brain and stay proactive in preventative care and assessments. PTB brings an innovative brain scan and testing platform that provides the ability to objectively measure brain activity. There is a growing body of research focusing on both improving mental function and preventing a premature mental decline in aging. Better assessment tools are now needed. The future goal is to include brain health assessments as common practice in physicals, allowing physicians to better understand brain health and make decisions necessary for the preventative health and wellness of their patients.

Mental Health
Protect the Brain Campaign is motivated to provide individuals with the opportunity for more accurate measurements to help with maintenance and care when it comes to ADHD. Through baseline and yearly brain scans, allows one to detect any indicators changing on the depression and anxiety parameters and intervene if a noticeable change is worry-some. Every individual brain is unique, meaning identifying mental disorders is just as specific, diagnosing with limited symptomatic and performance measures. We believe in the importance of brain health and want to provide the community the opportunity to protect the brain and stay mindful of mental health. PTB brings an innovative brain scan and testing platform that provides the ability to objectively measure brain activity. Additional objective screening tools are needed for behavioral health, but these tools must be assessable to the patient and respect the clinical judgment of the practitioner. The goal is that by collaborating with longitudinal data, better screening tools can be developed allowing physicians to better assess behavioral issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Mexican communities live in a reality of fear and harm due to the harsh elements of their surroundings. Murder, drugs, and poverty is not an uncommon thing for children to be exposed to in Tijuana's cartel ridden streets. Two of the most major social issues that face Mexican communities today are crime and violence, and diabetes and obesity.

Providing services and support to the communities of Terrazas del Valle and La Presa in Tijuana, the Letics Sports Football Club gives an opportunity to help build a better life for the youth and their families. The club has empowered the kids to not only follow their passion but to serve their communities beyond what could ever be expected.

The Bridge has partnered with some of the top experts in the sports fields from the U.S. and Mexico to bring peace, health, and sports programs to communities and individuals in Baja California. Working with private and public organizations throughout Mexico, we aim to collaborate with each other to develop programs and events to create a positive impact for those in need. From peace projects to medical service brigades, the coaches and the young athletes of the Letics Sports Football Club have created a better life for themselves and their communities.

Letics Sports Tijuana FC, a youth soccer club in Tijuana, was then created to get the youth away from the drugs and violence that is so prevalent in these neighborhoods. They are providing support, housing, food, medical services, and an atmosphere for these kids to attend school, live in peace and safety, and excel in soccer. The club has 10 teams of girls and boys with over 200 players, many who end up signing professional contracts and given a future.

Our players are not only getting off the streets and avoiding the gang life, but they were being raised up by one of the best soccer clubs in Baja and beyond. This club has given multiple players the opportunity to sign professional contracts and has inspired hope for the families we are serving.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

In the U.S., we are aiming to have athletes get a baseline brain scan pre-season, every year. So, if the athlete sustains a concussion, they can make sure their brain imaging returns to the baseline numbers and is healed, before they return to play. In Mexico, We are providing youth sports programs and mentoring of the youth to help them make a positive impact on their community and reduce Crime and Violence. We also are doing community service projects within these communities.

For our U.S. project, we are starting in San Diego CA with a pilot program to provide 10,000 scans so that we can start having athletes of all ages getting baseline scans. We will then be able to roll this out to So Cal and other states over time. For our Mexico project, we provide a free opportunity for the youth in high risk areas to participate on soccer teams as well as we are providing many of the everyday needs for these underserved families to survive. They in turn have to stay away from Crime and Violence in their community and provide a positive impact.

For the U.S. project, we will be getting donations for the scans and are partnering with organizations who are able to administer the scans in a timely manner. For our Mexico project, we are providing a full-time coach, housing, food and clothing from donations that come from our contributors.

The Protect The Brain Campaign in the U.S. is currently being developed, set to launch 2018. We have established the means to administer the scans and are working on getting the donations to be able purchase the scans for the San Diego Pilot program. The Tijuana Soccer Project was developed in 2015 and currently have 10 teams of girls and boys. We have provided medical brigades serving 300 people and doing over 1700 services. We have done home repairs, food banks, and graffiti clean up, and much more.

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Bridge To The Future Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Wadstrom

Bridge To The Future Foundation

Gail Reed

Bridge To The Future Foundation

Chris Smith

Bridge To The Future Foundation

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/21/2021

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