Bridge Mentoring

SOWMA’s Bridge Mentoring Program helps high school and college-age students explore educational and career opportunities.

Illustration Courtesy of: Nicole Giroux, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

We place special emphasis on working with unaccompanied youth, ages 16 – 24, who are on their own without the support of a parent or guardian.

In addition to helping students navigate high school, college or vocational training, we support students through GED study, HiSet exams, internships, job placement and apprenticeships. Most of our Bridge Mentoring students are the first in their family to pursue a post-secondary degree.

Students served in this program

Soaring Scholars Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of Bill and Annmarie Harlor, the Soaring Scholars Scholarship program further supports students in our Bridge Mentoring Program.

Click to see our 2023 Soaring Scholar graduates!

Meet our very first class of Scholars (2022)


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If you are interested in our mentoring services and how we can help you, apply now!

Bridge Mentoring

The average student to school counselor ratio is 482 to 1. That's 482 high school students to to one guidance counselor.

SOWMA Mentors help high school and college students plan and navigate post-secondary plans and transitions during times of overwhelming uncertainty. In essence, mentors offer personalized attention and guidance.

Mentors help with:

  • Academics and study skills 
  • Identifying passions and interests
  • Application processes
  • Seeking out community resources
  • Job shadowing, internships and networking

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Graduates and Volunteer Spotlights

Many thanks to all who celebrated our 2023 volunteer champions on Thursday, June 15th at the Thorny Lea Golf Club. Volunteers are the heartbeat of our mission and this annual dinner celebrates...
Congratulations to our2023 Bridge Mentoring Graduates We are so proud of these remarkable men & women, whose determination and perseverance and renewed belief in their personal potential -reflect the very heart of...