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Youth › Program Development
The experience and expertise we have gained in the Bridge program has allowed us to develop a framework for building a transition program. It includes the key elements of a successful transition program for young adult immigrants who have exited high school but are still in need of focused literacy training in order to transition to further educational studies or workplace training. The three stages of program development outlined in this section will support and guide you as you plan and implement your own transition program.
The information in this section is adapted from a Bow Valley College publication called Bridging the Gap: A Framework for Teaching and Transitioning Low Literacy Immigrant Youth.
Our work with young adult immigrants began in 2002 with a three-year pilot project offered at Bow Valley College, in Calgary, Alberta. Since 2002, the Bridge program has grown to meet the needs of immigrant youth. Check out the Bridge Program Overview to learn more about the development of this award winning program.
Bridge Program Overview (1,448 kB)
A detailed overview of the development of the Bridge program at Bow Valley College, including, program objectives, outcomes and statistics.
Bridging the Gap: A Framework for Teaching and Transitioning Low Literacy Immigrant Youth (1,311 kB)
Developed in the Bridge program at Bow Valley College, this is a framework for teaching and transitioning immigrant youth who have low literacy skills.
Bridging the Gap: Literature Review (97 kB)
Bridging the Gap includes a literature review which discusses the levels of literacy across North America and details the findings of research in areas pertaining to young adult ESL literacy instruction and the transitioning of learners.