California State University, Long Beach

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California State University, Long Beach

“When the Murphy Family Foundation approached us with the idea of partnering, it was obvious from the beginning that we shared a similar vision: a commitment to empower young people with disabilities to reach their potential. After a few rounds of excited discussions and some initial research, the idea of the Bridge Program was born. The goal of this 18-month pilot program is to encourage – and prepare – students with physical disabilities to attend college.

We purposely chose Jordan High because its students face a double challenge. The school has a predominantly Latino and African American population in a low socioeconomic area. For most students at Jordan High, college is an unrealizable dream. This is especially true for students with disabilities. The purpose of the Bridge Program is to change their view of what’s possible for their future through workshops, student mentors, and campus visits. The idea is to start small, be successful at the local level, and then expand. Thanks to the Murphy Family Foundation for co-creating this vision with us. If we didn’t have partnerships like this we wouldn’t be able to realize our dreams.”

— David Sanfilippo, Director, Disabled Student Services,
California State University, Long Beach

graduation-day-long-beachThe Bridge Project represents the Murphy Family Foundation’s first foray into education. Ambitious and ground-breaking, the Bridge Project with Cal State has the potential to significantly raise the awareness and increase the number of students with disabilities who attend college. The Pilot Project ideally fits the foundation’s key goals: it fulfills the criteria of enhancing the quality of life for youth with disabilities while providing means for them to become highly valued and contributing members of society.

Of the 77% of students with disabilities who want to go to college, only about a third make it. We are excited to partner with Cal State to increase their chances, starting with Jordan High School in Long Beach, whose students are at high risk for not attending college.