Building bridges toward a globally connected future.
To create global partnerships by promoting bilingual, bicultural competency through virtual learning and collaboration.
Bilingual Bridges was founded in 2017 by an Alaskan bilingual teacher, Kelly Minks, and an Argentine international banking administrator, Florencia Freixas. They are great friends who met in Buenos Aires in 2009 when Kelly was working there as an ESL teacher. Both women are very passionate about: bilingualism, biculturalism, global education, and travel.
When Kelly decided to leave urban public school teaching in 2017 to launch Bilingual Bridges, Florencia was intrigued by the opportunity to join her. Not only did she share Kelly's vision of "building bridges toward a globally connected future," but she was captivated by the idea of making a new, online-based program, Bilingual Academics, accessible to underserved language learners around the world.
The mission of the Bilingual Academics program would be to remotely provide academic bilingual support to students who are struggling in learning environments where their native languages are not promoted. This approach would endorse student mastery of academic content, biliteracy, and bilingualism, as well as connect students with highly qualified bilingual teachers whom they otherwise would not have access to. With Kelly's background in bilingual bicultural education and Florencia's experience in international business administration, both women were confident that, together, they had the skills to make Bilingual Academics a success.
Kelly and Florencia agreed that by also offering online-based English as a second language (ESL) and foreign language classes, they would be able to contribute a portion of each paying student's tuition toward a Bilingual Academics scholarship fund. By doing this, not only would they create the means to effectively support underserved language learners, but they would also create opportunities to build bridges between all Bilingual Bridges students and families.
After months of planning, researching, program designing, and late Facetime meetings, Kelly and Florencia were finally ready to open the doors of Bilingual Bridges in September 2017!