Prepare them to compete, lead & serve
The B2R Scholars Program begins with a rigorous gap-year (March to March) in Kigali that equips recent high school graduates to compete for international scholarships. The program is designed to create a fellowship of young African leaders prepared for extraordinary lives as entrepreneurs and servant leaders. The program addresses five primary areas:
Academic preparation – Improve English skills and admission test scores
Spiritual development – Encourage a Jesus-centered, purpose-driven life
College counseling – Navigate the global university admission process
Servanthood & entrepreneurship – Heart and mindset of effective leaders
Community service – Student-initiated projects to address real needs
The program is provided free of charge to the students. At the same time, there is no guarantee that the students will receive a scholarship to study abroad. Rather than providing scholarships, B2R prepares African students to compete with other international students for these highly valued academic opportunities.
Results for the first four classes have been excellent.
Bridge2Rwanda Career Center
Classes are held every weekday at the Bridge2Rwanda Career Center, located at the Telecom House Building in Kigali. The facilities include classrooms, high-speed Internet access, computer labs and an extensive reading library. Lunch is provided. The B2R team includes English, math, leadership and entrepreneurship teachers, Kaplan test prep instructors, personal counselors, college counselors, career development advisors and a job placement team. The program also employs some part-time faculty and recruits volunteers to serve as instructors, tutors and mentors.
B2R is a Kaplan Certified Education Provider – one of the first in Africa. Kaplan is the world leader in university test preparation.
During the gap-year, B2R provides housing for most the B2R Scholars. The international dormitories are located in a small apartment complex within walking distance for the Career Center and are supervised by a Rwandan House Mother. During the annual Summer Internship Program, B2R provides housing for many of the Scholars who return home. The B2R intern house is also located within walking distance of the Career Center.