At Bridgepoint Education, we strive to foster a culture that values the concept of giving back to the communities we serve. It is a culture that has been embraced by employees at every level of our organization. Bridgepoint Education is filled with generous employees who give their time and resources to support the larger community.
Last year, our employees donated more than $360,000 to a wide range of nonprofit organizations. I am pleased to note that Bridgepoint Education matched those donations dollar for dollar, thereby doubling the funds donated to these worthy non-profits.
Throughout 2014, Bridgepoint Education and our employees also took part in numerous volunteer efforts that served to elevate our communities. With great pride, I would like to share some of the highlights from these efforts. I invite you to learn more about Bridgepoint Education’s steadfast commitment to social responsibility by reading our 2014 Community Report.
Giving back is part of who we are at Bridgepoint Education.
Andrew Clark, CEO
After-School All-Stars’ STEM CampUS program helps students previously at risk of abandoning their education learn the vast array of options available to them and gain the experience and resources necessary to motivate students for educational and professional success. With the help of Bridgepoint Education’s sponsorship, more than 80% of students who participate in the program are connected to career options and can identify a major in higher education.
For the past three years, Bridgepoint Education has helped transitioning foster youth achieve their goals of earning a college degree through our partnership with Just in Time for Foster Youth’s College Bound program. As a result of our support, 89% of College Bound recipients remain in college each year or graduate, drastically surpassing the national average of 1%.
Bridgepoint Education’s support of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s Food4Kids Backpack program provides children on the free lunch program with food for the weekend. Once again, we sponsored three school sites: Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary, Stuart Mesa Elementary and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Youth and Teen Center.
Through Bridgepoint Education’s sponsorship of the Life Changers Club, hundreds of youth from diverse, low-income backgrounds were provided life-altering after-school programs centered on academic excellence, character development and healthy lifestyles.
The Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station serves military men and women by providing support services to injured veterans. The Freedom Station specifically serves as a temporary lodging facility that offers educational and career guidance to our nation’s injured and disabled military heroes.This year, we showed support of their mission by participating in their annual telethon, as well as sponsoring the Freedom Station facility costs.
Our support of the San Diego Army Advisory Council’s Leadership Award Program provides grants to students, teachers, and family members of the military. These grants encourage students to continue their education and assume leadership roles in their communities.
Hundreds of employees, their families, and friends took part in our spring Heroes Day, our organization-wide employee and student volunteer event. Our volunteers spent the day building 50 bikes for disadvantaged youth of The Salvation Army’s Family Resource Center. At the end of the event, volunteers presented the bikes to the children.
In an effort to beautify one of San Diego’s urban parks, nearly 200 employees, their families and friends, and students volunteered at Chollas Lake Park, a scenic lake in Chollas Heights. Activities included ranger-led environmental clean-up, trash removal, painting projects, and landscaping.
Employees provided After-School All-Stars with nearly 500 sports equipment donations during a one week drive. The equipment went to good use helping the organization continue their after-school programming aimed at keeping kids safe, improving academic performance, and promoting student well-being.
Employees donated toys during the holiday season in order to help provide gifts to underprivileged military families served by the Armed Services YMCA. Employees also helped bring holiday cheer to the families by decorating 1,000 cookies and Thank You cards to provide alongside the toy donations.
Tracey Sandberg is a dedicated and passionate volunteer at Harborlites Sweet Adelines Chorus. Not only does Tracey perform with the chorus, but she also serves on its Board. Tracey logged a total of 845 volunteer hours in 2014.
Once again, Betsy Vanausdeln earned Hero of the Year by tracking 618 volunteer hours in 2014. Betsy dedicated her time as a troop leader for Girl Scouts of America, with Asbury United Methodist Church, and at Ashford Heroes events in Iowa. Becky’s volunteer roles ranged from conducting cookie drives to teaching at Sunday school.
Four exceptional teachers in San Diego County received a Master’s degree scholarship through Ashford University. These degrees provide teachers with the skills necessary to meet the ever-changing needs of 21st century students.
Five spouses of military service members in San Diego County were granted a scholarship through Ashford University’s Homefront Heroes Scholarship. The scholars were recognized for their commitment and dedication to education at the annual Home for the Holidays concert.
Guardian Scholars Program, through Promises2Kids, enhances the lives of former foster youth who do not have the resources to complete their education. Ashford University is proud to, once again, provide a scholarship for this program.