"Teachers are very patient and kind to the kids. They challenge the kids to think and reason.
They make the sessions interesting and fun."
-Virtual Academy Parent
A vision of Rev. Samuel L. Whitlow, Jr., Pastor of Historic Calvary Church in the Parkland neighborhood of Louisville, KY, Bridging the Gap was established in 2010 as Camp Calvary. Rev. Whitlow assembled a team of talented staff and volunteers who dedicated their time and prided themselves in building a legacy of learning and academic development for kids ages 6 to 11 during their out-of-school time. In 2014, we adopted the name Bridging the Gap Learning Academy.
Bridging the Gap has become a significant out-of-school learning catalyst in Parkland and the neighboring communities by forming strategic alliances with Jefferson County Public Schools, local organizations, and community leaders. We offer under-served and low-income families a safe and structured environment where children can grow, learn, and develop.
Aside from basic academic skills, such as reading, writing, science, and math, Bridging the Gap helps kids grow emotionally and socially. We make this possible through enrichment programming focused on such areas as anti-bullying, grooming, nutrition, and drug prevention.
During the Summer Learning Academy, children master academic concepts and enjoy recreational activities, including field trips, swimming and tennis lessons, and group games. These activities are designed to empower youth by expanding their knowledge and exposing them to new experiences. In 2014, Bridging the Gap adopted the mantra "Hope, Dream, Believe." Today, we stand in the gap for families who need hope, encouraging them to believe that dreams are possible.
Bridging the Gap is led by Founder and Chairman of the Board Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Whitlow, Jr., Executive Director Nina Wilson, and a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders and volunteers. Our Online Virtual Academy includes certified and experienced teachers, instructors, and tutors, and the Summer Academy provides five weeks of summer enrichment activities for school-age children through partnerships with Jefferson County Public Schools Backpack League, Evolve 502, a community organization offering educational opportunities, and SummerWorks, a summer teen employment program, for our staffing and program resources.
We partner with other community organizations such as Metro United Way, Louisville Metro Office of Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods, Gilbert Foundation, Gheens Foundation, Samtec Cares, The Louisville Urban League, Brown Foreman Historic Calvary MB Church, and other donors for funding and other important resources.
Nina Wilson, (left) Executive Director
Pam Raines, Program Consultant
for students under qualifying conditions
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Our mission is to offer multi-faceted approaches that aid children and youth in maximizing their full potential.
Our vision is to offer children from under-served communities affordable programming so they can learn and thrive, Bridging the Gap in community development to effect lasting and meaningful change.