BridgeUSA High School was created to meet the increase in political engagement in high school. We noticed that students were coming into college already polarized and decided the best way to address this was to start chapters at the high school level.
By including high school campuses in the mission, BridgeUSA is creating a high school-to-college pipeline that engages the next generation of leaders and teaches the value of empathy, understanding and problem-solving.
What is a chapter?
BridgeUSA chapters are student led clubs on campus that welcome students into constructive discussion. Discussions are not meant to change one’s mind, but encourage participants to seek an understanding of different perspectives.
What do chapters do?
- Host discussions and events on campus pressing political, social and cultural issues
- Invite students to engage in respectful discussions
- Work with other student organizations on campus to promote constructive dialogue
Benefits of being a chapter leader?
- Gain leadership experience and resume skills for college applications
- Networking with over 500+ like-minded students
- Connect with notable speakers and influencers in the bridging space
- Attend our annual high school student summit
“BridgeUSA allowed me to communicate with people from all different backgrounds and share perspectives on uncomfortable issues. It made me realize that we have a lot more in common than we think, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity for open discussions like the ones we have during meetings.“
– Class of ’26