High School

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

Event Highlights

The BridgeUSA chapter at Buchanan High School paints their club sign for a homecoming game.
Political influencer and commentator, Amir Odom, joined the high school program for a discussion on challenging stereotypes and identity politics.
Our Chief Youth Development Officer, Emily Green, joins BridgeUSA students at The Master School for a school-wide discussion and speaking event.
Students at BridgeUSA Bosque have a discussion on gun violence and prevention.
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“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