The Bridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 2005 in San Diego, CA. Working throughout the U.S. and Baja California, we are driven to support kids and their communities by developing projects and events focused on health and wellness, peace and safety, and community service. The Bridge is committed to building partnerships by collaborating with individuals and organizations to provide the best opportunity for young athletes to achieve a successful life.
Our vision is to build partnerships between individuals and organizations to address the felt needs of our communities in the U.S. and internationally, using health and sports as a vehicle to bring positive change to the world.
- Jeff Wadstrom
Founder, Bridge To The Future Foundation
Two of the most major social issues that face Mexican communities today are crime and violence, and diabetes and obesity. The Bridge has partnered with some of the top experts in the sports fields from the U.S. and Mexico to bring peace, health, and sports programs to communities and individuals in Baja California. Working with private and public organizations throughout Mexico, we aim to collaborate with each other to develop programs and events to create a positive impact for those in need.
Letics Sports Football Club is on a mission to provide services and support to the communities in Tijuana that allows an opportunity to help build a better future for the youth and their families and empower them to follow their passion and serve their communities beyond what could ever be expected. Created to get the youth away from the drugs and violence that is so prevalent in these neighborhoods, the club engages in peace projects to medical service brigades where the coaches and the young athletes have created a better life for themselves and their communities. Letics FC is providing support, housing, food, medical services, and an atmosphere for these kids to attend school, live in peace and safety, and excel in soccer.
Ulises Romero Melchor has devoted his life to the development of soccer and using the sport to prepare young men and women for life. In the fall of 2014, Ulises, and his wife Xochilt, partnered with The Bridge to provide free soccer clinics and practices for the young boys and girls in Terrazas del Valle in Tijuana, Baja CA MX. Ulises played professional soccer for 8 years for Atlas in Guadalajara and has since then spent his life helping underserved youth use soccer to get off of the streets, go to school and become peacemakers in their community.
The Bridge and Power of Peace Project held a seminar for over 120 students at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) to promote peace and protect lives. The families of Letics FC and fellow community members in Terrazas came together to march for peace. La Mesa prisoners were also writing letters to the boys in the soccer club to stay true to the commitment to peace throughout their tough lives on the streets and playing soccer, giving the boys and girls of Tijuana a voice and become the champions of peace in an area known for violence, drug cartels, trafficking, and murder. Hearing of the peace that the soccer club has created in their neighborhoods, they were invited to play a game in the Youth Correctional Facility and a Rehabilitation Clinic in Tijuana. Families of our soccer players have decided to bring the message of peace and hope to their neighborhood. The families decided to meet every other Sunday afternoon to bring a message of peace and hope to their neighborhood and to work together to be the light in this dark world.
Letics FC was invited to speak to a group of elementary school students in Camino Verde about living in peace and what it takes to be a peacemaker. Two of our players, one boy, and one girl spoke to the group about their personal life stories, the struggles they have faced growing up and still living as an adolescent in Tijuana, and how practicing peace and staying hopeful can provide an opportunity to a successful and happy life.
Frequent and often, the club visits hospitals and areas that are known to have high homelessness populations, Letics players, and their families, feed those who are without homes, and food in the streets of Tijuana.
There are many unforeseen events that take place in the community, from the recent fires tearing Southern California and Tijuana, to high rain and flooding in rural and improvised neighborhoods of TJ, the club takes action and players also provide home improvement services to community members and the club continually participates in graffiti removal in their neighborhoods.
Letics FC hosted a medical service brigade for their families and community members in need of medical services every six months. Taking place over two days, the brigades help many community members with dental, vision, and health examinations and were provided with treatment and prescription medication if needed. Many families were provided with much needed medical care that is unavailable for many people in Tijuana. Taking place over two days, the brigades help many community members with dental, vision, and health examinations and were provided with treatment and prescription medication if needed.
14 U.S. Medical Doctors
9 U.S. Nurses
4 U.S. Dentists
40 Event Volunteers
820 patients served (368 Adults, 452 Kids)
320 dental services
280 lab tests provided
560 patients received 6 months of vitamins
120 patients received nutritional counseling
640 patients received prescription medications
450 reading glasses distributed
32 patients received psychological counseling
Providing services and support to the communities of Terrazas del Valle and La Presa in Tijuana, the Letics Sports Football Club gives an opportunity to help build a better life for the youth and their families. The club players are not only getting off the streets and avoiding gang life, but they are being coached and mentored by one of the best youth soccer clubs in Baja and beyond. Letics has given multiple players the opportunity to sign professional contracts and has inspired hope for the families we are serving. The club has 10+ teams of girls and boys with over 200+ players, many who end up signing professional contracts and given a future, and the club empowers them to not only follow their passion but to serve their communities.
The Bridge created Protect the Brain Campaign to advance the field of brain health through education and awareness of EEG brain scans to complement brain health, brain wellness, and mental health management practices. Recognizing the importance of preventative health, early and routine brain scans can provide a personalized health history that leads to a better understanding of brain health necessary for healthy living. Objective data is paramount to our mission and protecting the brains is our goal.
Often left in the dark regarding identifying brain trauma, signs of memory loss and cognitive decline, and mental disorders, common symptomatic assessments are incomplete indicators of brain function and can lead to a limited and potentially inaccurate diagnosis of brain state. Due to the subjective nature of the current symptomatic and performance protocols, EEG meta-analysis provides a unique picture of brain activity to help make more informed and accurate decisions in brain health management practice. EEG technology provides an objective measure of brain physiology needed to better understand brain health.
This year, 7,300 veterans or active duty military servicemen will take their own lives. The reality is there is no current object brain data gathered on Military personnel. Help is given to soldiers diagnosed with PTSD based on self-reporting symptoms but many veterans are losing hope of healing.
Measuring the brain's performance of a veteran will provide medical information that can help the medical community to identify anxiety/depression that in some cases can lead to suicide. Obtaining brain data to better understand PTSD among our military personnel is paramount for their personal health and wellbeing.
Gather brain data on veterans and active duty across all branches of the military.
Analyze the data with machine learning.
Provide soldiers diagnosed with PTSD with a variety of resources to help them with recovery.
Measure pre and post-rehab protocols to see what is effective in helping the brain heal.
Present the data to the task force being put together for the executive order.
Youth sports have been a foundational building block in uniting the underserved communities and launching the successful future of many young men and women. High school students and athletes in these communities have a higher rate of anxiety, depression, and concussion. There is an onslaught by the media to discourage parents from allowing their children to participate in athletics. In many cases, athletics helps to keep students out of trouble and to stay on track to advance their education. Recent concern for the safety of our athletes in regards to concussions has focused us to provide as much objective brain data to better understand brain function
information to the doctors, athletic trainers, coaches, parents and the athletes themselves.
Focused on establishing an objective baseline measurement of the brain using EEG technology, a “real-time” measurement of brain performance can be captured. When symptomatic and performance diagnostics clear, an objective measurement can be added to show if the brain function is restored to their baseline, for a more informed recovery timeline.
Baseline tests for student-athletes prior to the sports season
Sports performance measurements for brain function
PTB believes in the importance of brain health and wants to collaborate with professionals on building EEG protocol standards in order to provide the community with an opportunity to protect the brain and stay proactive in preventative health practices and wellness through recovery. Motivated to provide individuals with the opportunity for healthy aging, identifying signs of memory loss and diagnosing with limited symptomatic and performance measures and here is a growing body of research focusing on both improving mental function and preventing a pre-mature mental decline in aging.
Protect The Brain Campaign is proud to join community efforts by hosting scanning events that will be held throughout communities across the U.S. to provide EEG brain scans. Establishing an EEG brain health history portfolio is beneficial for brain health management and healthy aging proactive practices. It is vital to establish a normalized baseline EEG to be used as a comparison tool after experiencing a traumatic incident or brain function decline. More research is needed surrounding the brain, and the more data collected, the better we can recognize and understand what is going on in the brain.
PTB provides the community with a platform and resources to fundraise and receive donated brain scans. Build a PTB campaign fundraising page complete with your personal story and pictures representing your reason to #ProtectTheBrain. Once your campaign page is created, spread awareness and raise funds addressing important brain initiatives for your campaign. Once your fundraising minimum is met, you will coordinate with PTB and schedule your scan event with PTB. Protect the Brain Campaign will provide support in organizing and planning logistics and will provide EEG equipment and certified technicians to administer scans at your PTB Campaign scan event.
The vision of the Protect the Brain Campaign is that EEG brain scans will be recognized as a necessary measuring tool when managing personal brain health, which will lead to mandatory brain health assessments that include EEG scans as common practice in physicals, allowing physicians to better understand brain health and make decisions necessary for the preventative health and wellness of their patients. Through baseline and yearly brain scans, it allows one to detect any indicators changing from trauma or aging and intervene if a noticeable change is worry-some.